Trump predicts Biden will be Democratic nominee: 'He'll limp across the line'

President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE on Tuesday predicted that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE would win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, allowing the pair to face off in the general election.

“I think right now, it will be ‘Sleepy Joe,’” Trump told reporters, invoking a mocking nickname he has used for the former vice president. “I feel he’ll limp across the line.”

“So, what I think doesn’t mean anything, but I know the other people, I know him. I think he’s off his game by a lot, but personally, I think it’s going to be ‘Sleepy Joe,’” he added.

Trump also indicated that he would be watching this week’s Democratic debates in Detroit, where Biden and 19 other candidates will face off in the second round of primary debates.


Last month, Trump also said he would watch the first set of debates while traveling to Japan for the Group of 20 summit, despite calling it a “very unexacting group of people.”

"Everyone said I'll be tweeting. I’ll actually be in a plane, and it just seems very boring, but I’m going to watch it because I have to," Trump said.

Polls have shown Biden with a lead heading into the debates Tuesday and Wednesday night after his lead narrowed following a damaging performance in the first Democratic debate when he clashed with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts Biden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' MORE (D-Calif.).

Trump has made predictions about the Democratic field before, tweeting in April that the crowded primary field would narrow to “Crazy Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic MORE vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)!”

“I look forward to facing whoever it may be,” he wrote. “May God Rest Their Soul!”