Trump makes baseless accusation that Joe Biden is lying about asking Obama not to endorse him

  • In a new interview with The Hill, President Donald Trump made an unfounded claim that former President Barack Obama was not endorsing his former vice president in the 2020 US presidential election for reasons unknown to the public.
  • "There has to be some reason why he's not endorsing him," Trump claimed in an interview with The Hill. "He was the vice president. They seemed to have gotten along. And how President Obama is not endorsing him is rather a big secret."
  • Obama's spokeswoman spoke highly of Biden's tenure but stopped short of a formal endorsement after he announced he was running in April.

President Donald Trump made an unfounded claim that former President Barack Obama was not endorsing his former vice president in the 2020 US presidential election for reasons unknown to the public.

"There has to be some reason why he's not endorsing him," Trump said in an interview with The Hill. "He was the vice president. They seemed to have gotten along. And how President Obama is not endorsing him is rather a big secret."

Obama's spokeswoman spoke highly of Biden's tenure but stopped short of a formal endorsement after he announced he was running in April.

"President Obama has long said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made," Obama spokesperson Katie Hill said in a statement. "He relied on the Vice President's knowledge, insight, and judgment throughout both campaigns and the entire presidency. The two forged a special bond over the last 10 years and remain close today."

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wipes his eyes before receiving the Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama, not pictured, during an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Obama awarded Biden with the highest civilian honor, commemorating an 'extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.'

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US President Barack Obama awards Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2017.

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Vice-President Joe Biden speaks after he received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Vice President Joe Biden after presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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Vice-President Joe Biden reacts as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an event in the State Dining room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: (AFP OUT) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wipes his eyes as Preident Barack Obama presents him with Medal of Freedom during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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US Vice President Joe Biden wipes away tears after President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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Vice-President Joe Biden gets emotional as President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a tribute to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama looks at his watch as he reacts to Vice President Joe Biden speech in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wipes his eye after President Barack Obama presented him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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US Vice President Joe Biden wipes away tears as he walks past President Barack Obama after he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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Vice-President Joe Biden speaks after he received from President Barack Obama the Medal of Freedom during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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US Vice President Joe Biden acknowledges applause after President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a tribute to Vice President Joe Biden in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Obama awarded Biden with the highest civilian honor, commemorating an 'extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.'

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U.S. President Barack Obama looks at his wife Michelle and his daughters Malia and Sasha during an event in the State Dinning room of the White House, January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden.

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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden after presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reacts as President Barack Obama delivers remarks to tribute him in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2017.

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Biden later said he asked Obama not to endorse him: "I asked President Obama not to endorse," Biden said at the time. "And he doesn't want to — whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits."

Trump said he did not believe Biden's statement and speculated that there was an ulterior motive for Obama's silence.

"And then he goes and lies and said 'I asked the president not to endorse me,'" Trump said to The Hill. "Give me a break."

Trump also snuck in some shots against Biden, who currently leads the 2020 Democratic field, according to numerous election polls. 

"I think he can only go down," Trump said to The Hill. "I don't think he's going up. Look, there's something different. He's a different person than he was four or five years ago, and he wasn't so hot four or five years ago."

Biden has faced numerous obstacles in the weeks leading up to the first Democratic debate in Miami. Last week, he was widely criticized for his comments about his work with the late Democratic Sens. James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia — both of whom were opposed to desegregation — in an effort to counter critics who called him "old-fashioned" and to explain the importance of finding a common ground to push legislation.

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