When discussing his newly unveiled budget blueprint, President Biden referred to his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, as the “maybe future president” of the United States while recalling a “big fight” the two men had during the 2020 campaign.
“I was running for office at the time, and you may remember that I had a big fight with the former president and maybe future president.” Biden recalled at the Finishing Trades Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“Bless be Father.” Biden added, while making the sign of the cross.
Following resounding boo’s from audience members, Biden forged ahead remembering the “big fight” he had with Trump.
“The big fight you may remember going on was with our good friend, the former president, who decided to fire all the inspector generals.”
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“I said, ‘You shouldn’t do that.’ Well, guess what? Now we’re finding out there are billions of [COVID-19 relief] dollars were stolen.” Biden stated.
The White House has emphasized Biden’s “intentions” to run for re-election, but the President has not formally announced his bid for reelection. Biden, who is 80-years-old, is the oldest president in U.S. history.
In November, Trump announced that he is running for the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
Trump announced his third presidential bid during a speech at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, home after having teased a bid since leaving office in 2021.
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A handful of 2024 presidential hopefuls have also announced their candidacies.
Democrat contender, Marianne Williamson, announced her bid in a challenge to President Biden in February. The self-help author, who has written 14 books, previously ran in the 2020 presidential race but struggled to gain traction in a crowded field.
While only one Democrat contender has thrown their hat into the ring, a handful of Republican have announced their official candidacy.
Former two-term South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who later served as ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump administration, also launched her presidential campaign in Feb. in her hometown of Charleston before heading straight out onto the campaign trail in New Hampshire and Iowa.
“I’m not afraid to call BS on all the bailouts and handouts that are bankrupting America. And I’m not afraid to call out my fellow Republicans,” the 51-year-old Haley said.
Vivek Ramaswamy, a health care and tech sector entrepreneur, best-selling author, conservative commentator, and crusader in the culture wars, also declared his candidacy in late February.
The 37-year-old Ramaswamy, author of “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam,” says his vision centers on restoring the “national identity in America.”
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Just last week, businessman Perry Johnson declared his candidacy. Earlier this year the 75-year-old Johnson signaled his White House ambitions by spending big bucks to run an ad during the Super Bowl targeting Iowa voters and showcasing his pledge to cut federal spending by 2% per year.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
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