Joe Biden is walking back his statement that Donald Trump is unqualified to be president.
The vice president — who in August said that Trump was “totally, thoroughly unqualified” to be president — said he just meant that the president-elect was unqualified in terms of foreign policy on “The View” Friday.
“First of all, in context of the campaign — in terms of qualified — it was in the context of how much did he know about American foreign policy,” Biden said.
“Understandably, he comes at it without any background in the area. What I worry about is the inadvertent mistake in the near term on foreign policy. I don’t mean any nuclear war or that malarkey — what I think is that there’s a lot of complicated circumstances in Eastern Europe and Ukraine. There’s a lot in the South China Sea. In Latin America.”
“He does have people around him who have in-depth knowledge and points of view, maybe the same or different than mine. What worries me most is he’s taken — thus far — the crown jewel of American security is our intelligence community. Everything we do we rely upon those 16 different agencies.”
“To dismiss them really plays into Russia’s hand.”