Joe Biden boasted that his foreign policy record is one of the best in US history at a fundraiser in California where wealthy donors paid $100,000 for a photo with the president .
The 80-year-old then bizarrely compared himself to controversial veteran diplomat Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon’s secretary of state, during his 34-minute speech.
“I’m going to say something outrageous. I think I know as much about American foreign policy as anyone, including Dr. Kissinger,” he told a group of wealthy Democrats at the home of a prominent venture capitalist.
“That’s what I’ve done my whole life, for the last 207 years,” Biden, who once chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in another joke about his age.
Attendees could pay $100,000 for a ‘meet and greet’ ticket that gave wealthy donors the chance to take a selfie with Joe Biden himself
Declassified memos showed Kissinger saying the US should support a military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet in Chile
The highly polarizing Kissinger, who recently turned 100, has even been accused of war crimes by human rights activists.
Biden said he warned Kyiv that Russia would invade Ukraine ahead of Vladimir Putin’s illegal land grab.
He also said that the Russian despot was wrong to think that the NATO military alliance would fracture because of the support for the Ukrainian army.
“If you notice, Putin was pretty certain when he invaded that he was going to split NATO,” Biden said. “NATO is more united than it has ever been.”
But some Republicans have suggested the president is ‘slowing down’ US military aid to Ukraine, questioning why he hasn’t approved long-range ATACMS missiles that could strike deep into Russian-held territory.
As Barack Obama’s vice president, he also opposed the application of the former administration’s red line on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The commander-in-chief was speaking at a ‘Biden Victory Fund’ event as he seeks to raise donations for his 2024 re-election bid.
Attendees had to shell out at least $6,600 for the cheapest tickets, while ultra-wealthy Democrats could spend $100,000 for a handshake and a selfie with Biden himself.
According to data filed with the US election watchdog, the Federal Election Committee, the Biden campaign for president has raised more than $12 million over the past two years.
Biden did not officially confirm his intention to seek a second term until April 25, meaning he will be 86 if he beats his Republican rival next year.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr launched his long-running bid to face Joe Biden in April at an event in Boston
Current opinion polls suggest he will face a rematch against former President Donald Trump, who is the heavy favorite in the GOP voter polls.
Only non-hopefuls Robert F. Kennedy Jr, an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist and scion of America’s “royal family,” and self-help author Marianne Wilkinson have said they plan to run against Biden.
But it appears the Democratic Party apparatchiks have little appetite for backing a competitive runoff against the incumbent.
A Harvard CAPS-Harris poll released Friday shows RFK Jr, nephew of slain President JFK, has support as high as 15% among the party’s core voters.
The environmental lawyer, who has tried to sway some disgruntled Republican voters with promises to seal the border with Mexico, launched his long-running bid in Boston in April.
The 69-year-old recently clashed with social media giant YouTube after the tech company deleted an interview conducted by Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson.
Democratic voters want Biden to debate RFK Jr and hold a competitive primary before the 2024 presidential runoff
In the interview, Kennedy made the baseless claim that polluted water is turning transgender children in the United States.
He claimed that “much of the gender dysphoria” America experiences stems from exposure to chemicals in the water.
“I think a lot of the issues that we see in children, especially boys, are probably underestimated because of the amount of that that comes from chemical exposures, including a lot of the gender dysphoria that we see. “Kennedy said.
“I mean, they’re swimming in a soup of toxic chemicals today, and a lot of them are endocrine disruptors. There is atrazine in our entire water supply,” he added.
The popular video-sharing site has a long-standing policy of removing misleading medical claims from its platform.
“We removed a video from the Jordan Peterson channel for violating YouTube’s general vaccine misinformation policy, which prohibits content alleging that vaccines cause chronic side effects, outside of rare side effects recognized by health authorities. “, YouTube said in a statement.