Biden hesitated to talk about Trump and in one instance, he called him "the former guy."
Keeping his eyes forward rather than dwelling on the past, President Joe Biden wants to focus on growth, instead of getting caught up in what his predecessor has been up to. While the media still continues to follow Donald Trump's every move, even though many believe that it hardly matters anymore, Biden is making it clear that it's time to focus on more important things in the country.
For four years, the media has lapped up every word that Trump has uttered on different occasions, and Biden has outrightly admitted that he does not want the next four years to be the same. Speaking at a CNN town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on February 18, Biden admitted, "I’m tired of talking about Donald Trump. I don’t want to talk about him anymore," according to CNBC.
Since Trump set foot into the White House, the media has used him and his statements as fodder for news and although Trump accused several media outlets of spewing fake news, many believe that he loves the attention. "He's an attention junkie. He really is," CNN media analyst Bill Carter said on 'New Day,' as quoted by CNN. "He likes being the center of attention... He does need the media."
Trump himself has made statements to his advisers, such as "I give Fox these mega-ratings. It’s all me," according to The Washington Post.
However, the current president seems to be sick of the Trump-obsession and he said during the CNN town hall, "Look, for four years all that's been in the news is Trump. The next four years I want to make sure all the news is the American people. I'm tired of talking about Trump."
Biden also spoke about how the coronavirus pandemic was dealt with by the previous administration.
President Joe Biden tried to avoid dwelling on former President Donald Trump during a COVID-focused town hall event. https://t.co/hs6Kq4zjAb— NBC10 Boston (@NBC10Boston) February 17, 2021
"We inherited a circumstance," Biden said, where "there weren’t many vaccinators... [and] there was very little federal guidance."
"We wasted so much time," Biden said about how Trump's administration (mis-)handled the situation and called him "the former guy" in one statement.
"You had the former guy saying that, 'Well, you know, we’re just going to open things up and that’s all we need to do.' We said no, you’ve got to deal with the disease before you deal with getting the economy going. The fact is that now, the economy has to be dealt with," Biden went on to say.
During a CNN town hall, President Joe Biden suggested that all 300 million Americans could be offered Covid-19 vaccines by the end of July as he urged the public to get the shot https://t.co/92NhblUKoS pic.twitter.com/7e1PnVN4Dl— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 17, 2021
As he spoke told CNN's reporter, Anderson Cooper, Biden also mentioned that he had conversations with all of the former presidents before him, except one, but did not mention his name. "They're private conversations," Biden said. "But, by the way, all of them, with one exception, picked up the phone and called me as well."
While going over different topics, Biden touched upon how he believes America is not as divided as some make it out to be. "The nation is not divided. You go out there and take a look and talk to people, you have fringes on both ends. But it's not nearly as divided as we make it out to be and we have to bring it together."
Keen on getting the wheels of his presidency turning, Biden added that he is honored to be the country's president and said, "I literally pray that I have the capacity to do for the country what you all deserve need be done."
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