President Joe Biden revealed Thursday that two journalists told him privately that they would have to leave the country if Donald Trump won the election because he had threatened to jail them.
Biden made this claim while addressing wealthy donors in California and spelled out the dangers of a second Trump term.
He pointed to journalist Katie Couric, who was in the audience.
‘Katie, there are two former colleagues of yours, who are not from the same network, who told me personally that if he wins they have to leave the country because he threatens to put them in jail,’ he said.
Biden did not offer further details.
President Joe Biden said Thursday that two journalists told him they would have to leave the country if Donald Trump won the election because he had threatened to jail them.
Trump has already made it clear that he is willing to take revenge on his opponents if he wins in November.
And he has repeatedly clashed with journalists who tried to ask him difficult questions.
Biden said: “We can’t take anything for granted.” “Trump and his friends are trying to divide us.”
He also said that seven Republican senators had told him privately that they wanted to work with him but could not do so because of the threat of being challenged with a primary.
“I promised I wouldn’t name them,” he told about 60 guests in the basement of billionaire stem cell developer and activist Bob Klein.
‘It doesn’t say much about political courage. He says what is the state of the party at the moment.
Biden is on the third day of his fundraising tour of California as he steps up his re-election fight.
Earlier Thursday he met with the widow and daughter of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who died in a Siberian penal colony last week.
The meeting took place at San Francisco’s historic Fairmont Hotel, which was briefly interrupted by protesters demanding a ceasefire in Gaza.
‘Biden, Biden, you can’t hide. We accuse you of genocide,” they chanted, as bewildered guests in the hotel cafeteria watched.
About 30 Gaza protesters entered the hotel where President Joe Biden was staying in San Francisco on Thursday, shouting: “Cease fire now.”
Other events during his trip included a reception in Beverly Hills on Tuesday where donors spent up to $250,000 to attend, and a dinner at the home of Gordon Getty, son of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, in San Francisco on Wednesday. evening.
He also spoke Wednesday to a high-level group of activists called the Climate Leaders Group in the living room of a Pacific Heights home.
“We have a crazy son of a bitch like that guy Putin and the others and we always have to worry about nuclear conflict, but the existential threat to humanity is the climate,” he told them.
It comes as his administration plans more sanctions to punish Moscow for the death in a Siberian penal colony of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
The Russian leader responded a day later, telling Russian state television with a mocking smile: “We are ready to work with any president.”
“But I think for us, Biden is a more preferable president for Russia, and judging by what he just said, I’m absolutely right.”
Biden plans new sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime following the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a Siberian prison colony.
He arrived in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, where he was greeted by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They traveled together on Marine One to a campaign reception.
Biden made an unannounced stop at CJ’s Cafe in Baldwin Hills on Wednesday before continuing on to Culver City to deliver his speech at the library.
Biden also used Wednesday’s reception to ridicule former President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that his plight, pursued by the courts, is similar to Navalny’s.
“You hear some of the things this guy has been saying, comparing himself to Navalny saying that this country has become a communist country, and he’s being persecuted just like Navalny was persecuted,” he said.
‘I don’t know where the hell this is coming from.
“If I was here 10 or 15 years ago and said any of this, everyone would think I should get engaged.”
He spoke to an intimate gathering of about 25 people, sitting in chairs arranged next to shelves with books such as ‘Beyond Oil’ and ‘Field Notes from a Catastrophe’.