Saturday 21 September 2019

Joe Biden signals he is done being 'quiet and respectful' as he tears into Trump: 'We’re walking down a very dark path'

It is rare for former White House occupants to attack the Presidency in such terms

Joe Biden (AP)
Joe Biden (AP)

Andrew Buncombe

Former Vice President Joe Biden has launched a strident attack on Donald Trump’s foreign policy, saying it has endangered America and hinting he and Barack Obama are set to offer more outspoken criticism of the man who succeeded them in the White House.

In a speech to foreign policy experts in Washington DC, the man who may still be considering a presidential run in 2020, said it was time for experts to raise their voices and speak out.

“We are walking down a very dark path. It’s not alarmist,” he said. “The isolation of the United States on the world stage…and as a consequence endangers - not strengthens - American interests and the American people.”

He added: “I really feel incredibly strongly that the women and men sitting before me, who have been the intellectual backbone of the foreign policy establishment in this country for decades, have to start to speak out.

“President Obama and I have been very quiet and respectful, giving the administration time, but some of these roots are being sunk too deeply. I believe it’s time to challenge some of the dangerous assumptions that are attempting to replace that liberal world order.”

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