President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE on Friday criticized the media for what he described as easy questions given to Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE, saying that the questions were “meant for a child.”
Trump, speaking at a press briefing Friday evening, made the comments after being asked about a report in The Atlantic about the president making disparaging remarks about fallen U.S. service members in France in 2018 — an account that the White House has fiercely denied.
Trump dismissed the Atlantic as a “second-rate magazine” and went on to skewer reporters who asked Biden questions following an event in Wilmington, Del., earlier Friday afternoon.
“I watched the interview with sleepy Joe Biden and … you didn’t ask questions like that,” Trump said. “They were like, meant for a child. Those questions were meant for a child. Smiles on faces of reporters — not like you and you," the president said, looking at reporters in the briefing room. "They were smiles on the reporters. What do you think? Take a look at those questions that they asked him. They were not meant for a grown up, they were meant for a child.”
“I look at that and I think it's a disgrace,” Trump continued, referencing the report in the Atlantic. “And then I watch Biden getting asked questions that are really meant for a child to answer, anybody could answer. and I look at the level of question that you people ask. I mean honestly, it’s disgraceful.”
Trump has long attacked the media as unfair and in cahoots with the Democratic party. On Friday, he suggested that the piece in the Atlantic was a “hoax” and published deliberately to hurt his reelection chances.
Biden has come under criticism from Trump and his allies for making scant appearances on the campaign trail and holding rare news conferences. This week, Trump introduced a new nickname for the former vice president, calling him “Joe Hiden” on Twitter and in a campaign appearance in Pennsylvania on Thursday evening.
Biden has stepped up his in-person campaigning over the last week following the Democratic and Republican conventions. He has taken questions following appearances a handful of times this week.
On Friday, Biden fielded questions on his thoughts on Trump’s comments suggesting voters should vote twice, the threat posed by Russia to the 2020 election, and his anger toward the president, among other topics. During his prepared remarks, he called Trump’s reported comments about service members “disgusting” and pushed back against the White House’s assessment of the August jobs report.
“President Trump has demonstrated he has no sense of service, no loyalty to any cause other than himself,” Biden said. “That’s just another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the president of the United States.”