President Biden has given his clearest indication yet that he intends to run for a second term if former president Donald Trump stands, saying: 'I believe i can beat Donald Trump again'.
In an interview with CNN, Biden also addressed concerns about his age saying: 'They’re concerned about whether or not I can get anything done.”
'Look what I’ve gotten done. Name me a president in recent history that’s gotten as much done as I have in the first two years. Not a joke. You may not like what I got done, but the vast majority of the American people do like what I got done.'
Biden will turn 80 next month and is already the oldest US president, and has said that will decide about whether to try for another four years in office after the midterm elections on November 8th.
Donald Trump has already said he will announce his decision after the elections.
Asked whether one of his calculations in deciding if to run for re-election was whether “you think you’re the only one who can beat Donald Trump”, Biden said: “I believe I can beat Donald Trump again.”
Biden also defended his son, Hunter, who faces investigation and possible charges for buying a gun while battling drug addiction. US law requires gun purchasers to attest that they are not users of or addicted to illegal drugs.
'This is a kid who got — not a kid, he’s a grown man — he got hooked on, like many families have had happen, hooked on drugs. He’s overcome that. He’s established a new life.'
'I’m confident that he is — what he says and does are consistent with what happens,'
'And for example, he wrote a book about his problems and was straightforward about it. I’m proud of him.'
President Biden added: “This thing about a gun – I didn’t know anything about it. But turns out that when he made application to purchase a gun, what happened was he – I guess you get asked – I don’t guess, you get asked a question, are you on drugs, or do use drugs?’ He said no. And he wrote about saying no in his book,” Biden said.
“So, I have great confidence in my son. I love him and he’s on the straight and narrow, and he has been for a couple years now. And I’m just so proud of him.”