President Donald Trump claims to be a “young vibrant man” at age 72 compared with Joe Biden, who is 76.
Trump, the oldest president to take office, was asked on Friday how old is too old to be president in reference to Biden, who announced his 2020 Democratic campaign on Thursday.
“Well, I think that I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person ― I’m a young vibrant man,” said Trump.
“I look at Joe. I don’t know about him. I would never say anyone’s too old. They’re all making me look very young both in terms of age and I think in terms of energy.”
Q: “How old is too old to be president.”
President Trump: “Well I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person — I am a young vibrant man. I look at Joe, I don’t know about him.” pic.twitter.com/AYcZtA0b5J
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 26, 2019
Trump, of course, was referencing Democratic contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is 77, and possibly Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is 69.
If the 2020 winner is Biden, Sanders or Warren, any of them would surpass Trump’s standing as the oldest president to take office. Trump was aged 70 years and 220 days when he took the oath in 2017.
Biden responded to Trump’s youthful claim on “The View” later on Friday, saying, “If he looks young and vibrant compared to me, I should probably go home.”
Trump made other headlines with his comments Friday on Biden’s entry in the campaign, including his attempt to defend his disastrous “both sides” remark after the deadly “Unite the Right” white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
At the time, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the clash. Biden, in a video announcing his campaign, cited Trump’s statement as a reason he’s running.
Trump on Friday claimed his “both sides” comment was a reference not to white supremacists, but to people protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. As HuffPost’s Andy Campbell notes, this is “a glaringly false statement, given that everyone who participated in the ‘Unite The Right’ torch march on Aug. 11 and rally on Aug. 12 was a neo-Nazi or a white supremacist, and they came to commit violence.”