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Joe Biden To Work at Trump's Alma Mater

| by Denise Recalde

Former Vice President Joe Biden has announced he has found new employment as a teacher at the University of Pennsylvania, the alma mater of current President Donald Trump.

"At Penn, I look forward to building on the work that has been a central pillar of my career in public office: promoting and protecting the post-WWII international order that keeps the United States safe and strong," he said in a statement, according to The University of Pennsylvania.

"The Penn Biden Center and I will be engaging with Penn’s wonderful students while partnering with its eminent faculty and global centers to convene world leaders, develop and advance smart policy, and impact the national debate about how America can continue to lead in the 21st Century."

The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement is the University's new center that focuses on foreign policy, diplomacy and national security, the statement reveals.

Biden will be working from the center's Washington D.C.-based location, and also occasionally in Philadelphia, where the Penn campus is located, the Daily Mail reports.

He will be jointly appointed in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Annenberg School for Communication and will also be affiliated with the Wharton School.

"Joe Biden is one of the greatest statesmen of our times," said University president Amy Guttman. 

Trump began attending the University's business school, Wharton, in 1968, as a junior when he transferred from the Bronx-based Fordham University. He is the first president to have been a University of Pennsylvania graduate.

Trump has boasted about being a Wharton alumnus.

"I went to an Ivy League school," he said at a rally last December, Politico reports. "I went to an Ivy League school. I'm very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words.'

He cited his alma mater while rejecting charges that he had made fun of a disabled reporter. 

"Who would mock a disability," he said. "I would never. I’m a smart person. I went to the Wharton School of Finance."

Trump did not attend Wharton's renowned MBA program, but rather its undergraduate program, which was then known as the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Salon reports. 

He has been described as having graduated first in his class, when he was never on the Dean's List. It is unknown how the rumor that he graduated first in his class began.

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