- Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Claremont, New Hampshire on Saturday just days after he skipped the third 2024 GOP presidential primary debate
- He poked fun at Joe Biden and said: ‘We have a guy in the White House who can’t put two sentences together and who could not find his way off this stage’
- Trump’s comments came hours after Biden, 80, suffered an embarrassing moment of confusion as he stumbled at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
‘We have a guy in the White House who can’t put two sentences together and who could not find his way off this stage,’ former President Trump told the packed crowd.
His comments came hours after Biden, 80, suffered an embarrassing moment of confusion as he stumbled at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
It has been revealed that Trump would expand his first-term immigration crackdown to include sweeping roundups of people who would be held in large camps to await deportation if he is re-elected in 2024.
Trump used the campaign event to poke fun at his political rival Biden who he constantly referred to as ‘crooked’.
‘He would be confused because I think my audience behind me is bigger than my audience in front of me,’ he told the audience.
‘He’d be saying what do I do, where am I. What is this strange speaking venue I’m in the middle of a room.
‘You ever see the end of his speech? He has no clue how to get off. You got stairs there, jump off the front, do anything just don’t walk into a wall.
‘He walks into walls. But this is the guy we have negotiating with Putin and president Xi of China. This is who we have in charge of nuclear.’
It came after Biden needed stage directions from an Arlington Honor Guard after laying a ceremonial wreath, taking several steps in the wrong direction before he was pointed to his spot next to Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Biden has sparked concerns about his age during his presidency. In September, he appeared to get lost while walking off stage following his remarks at the Global Fund Conference.
The president began walking off the stage before abruptly stopping in his tracks and looking around with an appearance of confusion on his face.
Earlier that month he stumbled into a pole and did not shake Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s hand following a UN event.
He has also frequently suffered a series of stumbles including while de-boarding Air Force One, and fell to the ground after tripping on a sand bag at a Coast Guard Academy graduation this spring.
But Trump had his own moment of confusion when he mistakenly said Barack Obama was president instead of Biden.
‘The head of Hungary Viktor Orban, very powerful within his country and outside of his country, they were interviewing him two weeks ago and said what would advise President Obama?
‘The whole world seems to be exploding and imploding. He said “It’s very simple, he should immediately resign and replace him with President Trump who kept the world safe.’
Trump promised the crowd at the rally that he would win the New Hampshire primary for a third straight time.
‘We’re going to crush crooked Joe Biden. He’s a crooked man. next November and we’re going to make America great again,’ he said. ‘We have no choice, we have to.’
He also boasted about his endorsements and took a swipe at this Republican rival Ron DeSantis.
‘We’ve had a lot of endorsements in New Hampshire, almost everyone is endorsing us,’ Trump said.
‘Now they’re coming and the money is flowing and all those funders said maybe we’ll endorse somebody else with our money.
‘All of a sudden they’re calling and saying “President, President hi”.
‘I said “I thought you were going to be DeSanctimonious”, they say “no way sir, I’ll give you whatever you want”.’
Trump’s immigration plans for if he is re-elected were first reported in The New York Times on Saturday and based on interviews with several advisers, including Stephen Miller, who oversaw Trump’s first-term immigration policies.
The report described Trump’s plans as ‘an assault on immigration on a scale unseen in modern American history’ and said it aimed to deport millions of people every year, including those who have been settled in the United States for decades.
Trump did not mention the idea of establishing large camps to detain people in a campaign speech on Saturday in Claremont.
The Biden-Harris campaign in a statement called Trump’s immigration plans ‘extreme, racist, cruel policies’ that are ‘meant to stoke fear and divide us, betting a scared nation is how he wins this election.’
Among other measures, Trump would resurrect his ban on the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries, according to the newspaper.
He would revive other hardline policies, including a COVID-19 era rejection of asylum claims, although this time the refusals would be based on assertions that migrants carry other infectious diseases, it continued.
Trump is looking to speed deportations through a massive expansion of a form of removal that does not require due process hearings.
To aid US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in sweeping roundups of undocumented people, Trump would reassign federal agents and deputize local police and National Guard troops volunteered by Republican-run states, the report said.
He would ease the strain on ICE detention facilities by building huge camps to hold detainees while their cases are processed as they await deportation.
To underwrite the massive operation if Congress refused, Trump would redirect Pentagon funds as he did with his border wall in his first term, the Times said.
‘We’ll stop the invasion on our southern border and begin the largest domestic deportation operation in American history,’ Trump said on Saturday.
His election campaign did not respond to a request for comment and the White House declined to comment.