President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE on Friday took a swipe at former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, suggesting he may be too old to serve as president.
“I just feel like a young man,” Trump, 72, told reporters at the White House when asked about whether there is an age factor in the 2020 race. “I am a young, vibrant man.”
Turning his aim at the 76-year-old Biden, Trump continued by saying “I look at Joe, I don’t know about him” while nodding and smiling at the press corps.
“I would never say anyone’s too old, but I know they’re all making me look very young, both in terms of age and I think in terms of energy,” he said.
He also said he would “easily” defeat Biden in a presidential race. Biden and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who is 77, are leading polls in the Democratic presidential primary race.
Trump’s jab came one day after Biden formally announced his campaign to become the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020.
Allies of the president believe the former vice president would be Trump’s strongest opponent in the general election, if he wins the Democratic nomination, and Trump has publicly acknowledged Biden and Sanders are both at the top of the primary field.
Trump was the oldest person ever to become U.S. president when he took office in January 2017 at the age of 70 years and 220 days, but Biden and Sanders would surpass his record.
Updated at 10:15 a.m.
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