Biden says he's 'tired of talking' about 'former guy' Trump in first town hall as president

Biden says he's 'tired of talking' about 'former guy' Trump in first town hall as president

February 17, 2021
  • President Joe Biden referred to Donald Trump as “the former guy” in his first town hall.
  • “I’m tired of talking about Donald Trump,” Biden said Tuesday evening.
  • Trump has remained in the national spotlight in recent weeks given his impeachment trial.
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President Joe Biden tried to steer clear of conversation about his predecessor in his first town hall as president on Tuesday evening.

“I’m tired of talking about Donald Trump,” Biden told an audience in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the CNN event.

Biden, who referred to Trump as “the former guy,” tip-toed around questions from CNN host Anderson Cooper about the former president. Cooper pressed Biden for any reaction to Trump’s recent acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, yet Biden did not weigh in.

“For four years, all that’s been in the news is Trump,” Biden said. “For the next four years, I want to make sure that all the news is American people.”

Biden spent most of the town hall touting his COVID-19 stimulus package, which includes funding to vaccinate Americans and reopen schools, among several other provisions. He also plugged other priorities of his administration, including raising the federal minimum wage, reforming immigration, and offering student-loan debt forgiveness.

Biden took office last month, but his legislative agenda has been stalled in Congress as Trump’s second impeachment trial took center stage. 

All 50 Senate Democrats and seven Republicans found Trump guilty of “incitement of insurrection” in relation to the Capitol riot on January 6, but the two-thirds majority votes required to impeach the former president was not met.  

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