Axelrod mocks Biden's 'Best Friends Day' tweet to Obama: 'This is a joke, right?'

CNN's David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe Hill's Campaign Report: Senate map shows signs of expanding The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump touts reopening as virus fatality forecasts trigger alarm Republicans' dangerous weaponization of Tara Reade's allegation against Joe Biden MORE mocked a tweet from former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News polls: Trump trails Biden in Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Obama calls for police reforms, doesn't address Trump MORE to former President Obama celebrating "Best Friends Day," with the former Obama-Biden campaign chief strategist asking if it was joke.

"This is a joke, right?" Axelrod, who hosts "The Axe Files" on CNN, asked in a tweet on Sunday to his 1.1 million followers after Biden, a 2020 presidential candidate, wished Obama "happy #BestFriendsDay” on Saturday. Biden's post included a photo of the bracelets he shared to celebrate his Obama's 55th birthday in Aug. 2016.

Other pundits also jumped in to rib Biden on the friendship tweet.

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Obama has pledged not to give any candidate, including his former vice president, his endorsement during the 2020 Democratic primary.

Biden is currently the front-runner among the 24 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, but has seen his lead shrink recently.

A Saturday Des Moines Register–CNN poll, for example, has Biden at 24 percent support, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE (I-Vt.) at 16 percent, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIt's time to shut down industrial animal farming The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Biden wins DC primary MORE (D-Mass.) at 15 percent and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE (D) at 14 percent.