Biden: European leader compared Trump to Mussolini

Biden: European leader compared Trump to Mussolini

In a joint appearance with Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the University of Delaware, Biden claimed that 14 heads of state had contacted him in an attempt to understand Trump's style of governance.

"This breaking down of global and national norms is the glue that holds the liberal world order together, is the glue that holds together our system" Biden said during the event in OH with Republican Gov. John Kasich.

"We have a President who does not understand governance", the former Democratic vice president said. "Sending his secretary of state to talk with North Korea and saying he's on a "fool's errand" - it is absolutely freakish".

"It's going to sound trite, but leadership matters", said Biden.

During an event Tuesday, Biden said a European prime minister once likened Trump to "Il Duce", or former Italian Prime Minister turned dictator Benito Mussolini, The Guardian reported.

Biden cited a moment earlier this year where Trump pushed aside the prime minister of Montenegro, which Biden characterized as being followed by Trump thrusting his chest and chin forward as he emerged in front of the European politician. He also expressed his concern that top-level cabinet officials might leave the Trump administration.

"Not a joke", Biden chastised. "That's what people are thinking".

He added, "It's the destruction of these norms, and it's generating chaos".

But when asked if the current culture of politics could be reversed, both Biden and Kasich agreed. "The grownups have somehow disappeared and when that happens, there are no rules", said Kasich. He allowed that he had given the new president an especially long honeymoon period to figure things out because "they didn't expect to win". "It's the base politics of Republicans, and it's the base politics of Democrats".

Biden's remarks - made at an event meant to promote and discuss bipartisan cooperation with OH governor John Kasich - violated the precedent that outgoing presidents and vice-presidents do not criticize incoming administrations.

"The center is shrinking", Biden said. "But god, how can you run this country without reaching a consensus?"



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