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Joe Biden slams Donald Trump, calls him “loser” at APAICS gala

The US President criticized the Republican leader for his role in killing a bipartisan border agreement earlier this year.

President Joe Biden at the APAICS annual gala. / Screengrab YouTube (White House)

President Joe Biden referred to former President Trump as "that loser" in remarks on May.14 at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ (APAICS) annual gala.

In his speech, Biden criticized Trump for his role in killing a bipartisan border agreement earlier this year that initially had the support of even some of the staunchest conservatives. Biden called on Republicans to "act" on the legislation.

“That bipartisan bill has majority support in the House and Senate. But I was told, that other guy, that loser,” Biden said, referring to the presumptive GOP nominee for president. “I think he’s having trouble. Trump called Republicans to block that Senate bill, got on the phone and said it’d be a win for Biden and a loser for him, so they have to make sure you don’t allow it to get to a vote.”

“But he’s wrong. Republicans in Congress must act because it’s the right thing to do, and America needs it done,” Biden added.

Earlier this year, Trump strongly criticized the bipartisan border security agreement, which was partly crafted by conservative Sen. James Lankford. He called it a "death wish" for the GOP and described it as "a great gift to the Democrats”.

The agreement featured $20 billion allocated for border security measures and granted the federal government additional powers to manage the border, such as temporary authority to expel migrants when daily crossings surpassed a specified threshold. It aimed to eliminate "catch and release”, enhance standards for asylum screenings, and expedite claim processing, among other provisions.

The agreement was linked to national security funding for Ukraine, Israel, and Indo-Pacific allies. However, this portion passed independently after the border security agreement was derailed.

At the May.14 event, Biden also criticized Trump's handling of Covid-19 and his approach to taxes and spending. "I wonder if he did it. Might explain some things," Biden said of Trump's Covid-era advice that Americans inject disinfectant into their bodies to fight the virus.

The President said Trump and congressional Republicans “added more to the federal debt than in any other presidential term”. He contended, "My predecessor wants to cut Social Security and Medicare. Not on my watch."

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