Former President Donald Trump has accused President Joe Biden of relying on a teleprompter and said it’s “so sad” for the United States. He also suggested other world leaders are not “inspired” in meetings with Biden.
Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld where he also said Biden was being given “soft questions” by the media that he wasn’t answering well.
The former president has frequently criticized his political opponents for the use of teleprompters and complained about having to use them himself, though Trump has read from teleprompters in the past.
Trump said: “When I see a man say a few words, not necessarily well, and turn around walk away. But I see him walk away and he never answers a question. And they’re soft questions.”
He went on to comment on Biden’s use of a teleprompter.
“When you ask a question and then you see him read the answer off the teleprompter. That means he knows what’s going on. He’ll call—let’s see, they told me to ask so-and-so, to ask a question. It’s so sad for our country,” Trump said.
Trump went on to say that other world leaders, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, wouldn’t be “inspired” when first lady Jill Biden says “Come here, Joe” at events.
Teleprompters have been a subject of Trump’s criticism for some time. He’s specifically taken aim at former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using the machines.
In a speech in South Carolina in July 2016, as he was campaigning in the presidential election, Trump said of teleprompters: “I don’t like them. They’re too easy.”
“Other people use teleprompters. Maybe when you run, you shouldn’t be allowed to use a teleprompter, because you find out what you’re getting,” he said.
Trump even suggested teleprompters should be banned from the presidential campaign
“I say we should outlaw teleprompters for anybody, right? For anybody running for president. Do you know how easy that would be? Instead of this. I’m working my a** off, OK?” Trump said during a speech in Iowa in August of that year.
During the 2020 campaign, Trump criticized Biden for using a teleprompter despite the fact Trump was making the remarks in front of teleprompters.
“I’m watching what they’re doing with Biden where he’s using teleprompters,” Trump said, and then attempted to imitate Biden, saying: “Move it up, move it up, I can’t see.”