WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday mocked President Donald Trump’s claim that “3000 people did not die” in hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico last year.
“By the way, there’s no problems in America,” Biden said sarcastically during an economic speech at The Century Foundation, a Washington think tank. “Everybody’s doing well. Things are fair and decent, and no one died in Puerto Rico.”
Trump on Thursday questioned an independent report that updated the death toll from last year’s devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico to nearly 3,000 people. Without offering evidence, the president called the new estimate an effort by Democrats to discredit him.
“This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”
Biden, a Delaware Democrat who is considering a run for the presidency in 2020, also joked that, although he did well in school, “I’m clearly not as smart as Trump, the smartest man in the world.”
Biden, in a line that drew a great deal of laughter from the audience, said the reason he’s “looking OK” as a potential presidential candidate right now is because of “the alternative,” clearly referring to Trump.
Biden, who grew up in a working-class family in Scranton, Pennsylvania, turned more serious when he talked about how many families are not seeing wage gains despite the booming economy.
He said many companies have become adept at keeping their workers’ wages down by calling them “supervisors” so they don’t have to pay them overtime and forcing them to sign agreements that they won’t leave to go to work for a competitor for more money.
“Every worker in this country deserves the right to sell their skills to the highest bidder,” Biden said. “Unless workers are allowed to compete, we’re never going to see the wage gains we need.”
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