Vastavam Web: President Trump has increasingly raised a new line of attack against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, invoking his skepticism over the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to question the former vice president’s leadership and instincts.
The president has started to mention Biden’s stance on the raid during his scripted rally remarks, including at events last week in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Trump has seized on Biden’s role in the Bin Laden raid and his more recent criticism of the January strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani to highlight the former vice president’s track record on foreign policy.
“No one has been more wrong, more often than Biden,” Trump tweeted late Thursday. “He voted FOR the Iraq War, he supported the defense sequester that gutted our military, he opposed the mission to take out Osama bin Laden, he opposed killing Soleimani, he oversaw the rise of ISIS, and he cheered the rise of China as a ‘positive development’ for America and the world. “If it were up to Joe, bin Laden and Soleimani would still be alive, ISIS would be still on the rampage, and China would now be the dominant power in the world – not America.”
Trump campaign officials declined to divulge whether Biden’s involvement in the Bin Laden raid would be a specific point of attack in the upcoming presidential debates, but they signaled it would be a recurring talking point as part of a broader effort to paint Biden as unequipped to keep America safe.
The president has resumed holding large scale rallies in the last few weeks after a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. His prepared remarks have typically included a section on foreign policy, with jabs at Biden’s initial views on the Bin Laden mission and the killing of Soleimani, which Biden said in January was equivalent to tossing “a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox.”
“Joe Biden has been on the wrong side of history for 47 years,” Trump told supporters in Nevada last week. “He never called it right.” Biden aides and allies say they knew the attacks were coming because they’ve seen them before.