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Biden Tells Trump To 'Grow Up'

| by Jordan Smith

Former Vice President Joe Biden had strong words of advice for President Donald Trump in comments made March 30.

Biden was speaking at an event to launch the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania when a student asked him about the new administration, reports CNN.

"If you could give President Trump one piece of advice what would it be?" the student asked Biden.

Bide responded by saying "Grow up."

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"I would stop tweeting and start focusing," the Democrat added, The Hill reported.

Biden suggested Trump's actions would undermine his presidency.

"The words of a president matter. They have enormous, enormous, enormous reverberating sounds around the world," Biden said. "Every time a U.S. president speaks and says something, leaders and people around the world try to dissect what he means because it matters so much to their security, threats they face, whatever it is. So, you can't loosely make assertions without limiting your ability to lead."

Biden doubted whether the Republicans' pledge to move ahead with tax reform legislation will take place.

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"I mean that in substantial part because, in fairness to Trump, I don't believe Trump ever thought he would be President Trump. I don't think he thought he was going to be president," Biden said.

Reports have suggested that Trump has not yet filled positions in various departments.

"One of the reasons I predict there will be no tax bill is there's not enough people in the Treasury to handle the calculations and strategy," Biden added.

Biden also spoke of his dissatisfaction at the Democrats' 2016 election campaign.

"What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for -- and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class," said the former vice president, according to CNN. "You didn't hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in restaurant."

"And they are making $90,000 and they have two kids and they can't make it and they are scared, they are frightened," he added.

Biden chose not to run for the presidency in 2016, following the death of his son, Beau.

As well as his center at the University of Pennsylvania, Biden will launch the Biden Center at the University of Delaware.

Sources: The Hill, CNN / Photo credit: A. Shaker/VOA/Wikimedia Commons

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