Biden news conference watched by more Americans than the Oscars as he reassures Detroit voters ‘I’m ok’: Live

Former president Barack Obama and ex-speaker Nancy Pelosi have reportedly expressed concerns about Joe Biden’s future as he struggles to convince the American electorate and his fellow Democrats that he remains the right person to take on Donald Trump in November.

Since his disastrous presidential debate performance last month, Biden has faced panicked calls, and a blunt op-ed by George Clooney, asking him to quit the 2024 race and make way for a younger successor. Wealthy donors are withholding $90m in donations as long as he tops the ticket.

Speaking at an hour-long press conference (with notable gaffes), watched by 22.5 million Americans (more than the Oscars), the president again vowed to “finish this job”.

Back on the campaign trail in the must-win state of Michigan on Friday, Biden told supporters: “I promise you, I’m OK.”

Trump’s campaign meanwhile is said to fear Biden stepping aside in favor of a younger candidate — age would no longer be a factor and their polling is favorable.

On Truth Social, Trump told Biden that he shouldn’t let “complete losers” like Clooney (he claims under the control of Obama) push him out of office.

“That must be his decision, and his decision alone. Good luck Joe!”

Key Points

  • Pro-Biden super PAC donor withholding approximately $90m, report says

  • Obama and Pelosi ‘hold talks on Joe Biden’s future’

  • The 18 House and Senate Democrats who say the president needs to step aside

  • Trump wishes Biden luck and says he shouldn’t let Clooney and Obama push him out

  • 22.5 million tuned in for Biden press conference — more than the Oscars

  • ‘I promise you, I’m OK’ Biden tells Michigan supporters as he returns to campaign trail

22.5 million tuned in for Biden press conference — more than the Oscars

22:51 , Oliver O'Connell

Per Nielsen rating approximately 22.5 million people tuned in to Joe Biden’s press conference on TV yesterday.

That’s about 44 per cent of the CNN audience for his dismal debate performance against Donald Trump. That brought in a record for the network of 51 million viewers.

By comparison, 19.5 million people watched the Academy Awards, and 123.7 million watched the Super Bowl.

Some protesters greet Biden in Detroit area

22:50 , Oliver O'Connell

22:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Peter Mandelson suggests Barack Obama should step in after latest Joe Biden gaffe

In pictures: Biden makes campaign stop at Detroit-area restaurant

22:38 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden, right, looks on as Rep Haley Stevens, D-Mich., speaks during a visit to Garage Grill & Fuel Bar during a campaign stop in Northville, Michigan on July 12, 2024 (AP)
President Joe Biden, right, looks on as Rep Haley Stevens, D-Mich., speaks during a visit to Garage Grill & Fuel Bar during a campaign stop in Northville, Michigan on July 12, 2024 (AP)
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Protestor Tom Moran holds a banner outside the location where President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak (REUTERS)
Protestor Tom Moran holds a banner outside the location where President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak (REUTERS)

‘I promise you, I’m OK’: Biden delivers remarks in Michigan restaurant:

22:32 , Oliver O'Connell

Biden support is coming from an unlikely place — Trumpworld. This is why...

22:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia writes:

President Joe Biden’s press conference performance on Thursday evening received praise from an unexpected source: Donald Trump Jr, the son of the person Biden beat in 2020.

On the surface, this may seem a bit peculiar. Don Jr speaks the language of MAGA more fluently even than his father and Biden flubbed early in his “big boy” press conference by calling Kamala Harris “vice president Trump”. He also introduced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “President Putin” at a separate NATO event a few hours earlier.

All this should give someone like Don Jr a clear hit. MAGA rarely pulls its punches. But anyone with a cursory history of politics will see this was a classic example of what Watergate operative Donald Segretti, a member of the Committee to Re-elect the President (called CREEP for short), would call “ratf**king” — the art of dirty trickery, scheming and political jiu-jitsu intended to undermine political opponents.

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Biden’s support is coming from an unlikely place — Trumpworld — and this is why

SKETCH: At Biden’s high-stakes press conference, the trouble began when the teleprompter turned off

22:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Richard Hall writes:

The trouble began as soon as the teleprompter was turned off.

Just two weeks after a disastrous debate plunged his campaign into crisis, and with heavy hitters in his own party refusing to publicly support him, Joe Biden’s performance needed to be flawless.

It was not. Read on...

At Biden’s high-stakes press conference, trouble began when the teleprompter stopped

New poll: Biden gains point since debate

22:05 , Oliver O'Connell

The race for the White House remains statistically tied according to a new national NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first since President Joe Biden’s dismal debate performance on June 27.

Indeed, the president actually gained a point over the preceding month’s survey and now leads Donald Trump 50 per cent to 48 per cent in a head-to-head matchup.

When third-party options are included, Trump gains a slight advantage and leads Biden 43 per cent to 42 per cent.

The margin of error is +/- 3.1 per cent.

However, nearly two-thirds of the more than 1,309 respondents said they believe Biden lacks the mental fitness to be president. That includes almost 4 in 10 Democrats.

But the survey also found that more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of people said it’s more concerning to have a president who doesn’t tell the truth than one who might be too old to serve.

A majority said Biden has the character to be president (52 per cent), while a majority also said Trump does not (56 per cent).

Nevertheless, almost 6 in 10 respondents believe Trump will win in November including a quarter of Democrats.

Biden alternatives in the Democratic Party all poll about the same as the president against Trump according to the poll [Kamala Harris 50-49 Trump; Gretchen Whitmer 49-49 Trump; Gavin Newsom 50-48 Trump].

While there is no clear alternative candidate for the party, those who are calling for Biden to step aside would nevertheless argue that a younger nominee could campaign more vigorously and make a more coherent case.

In pictures: Biden arrives in Detroit

22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden arrives in Detroit (AP)
President Joe Biden arrives in Detroit (AP)
President Joe Biden, from second right, is greeted by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (AP)
President Joe Biden, from second right, is greeted by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (AP)
President Joe Biden is greeted by Octavia Spencer (AP)
President Joe Biden is greeted by Octavia Spencer (AP)
Supporters of President Joe Biden wait for the President to arrive for a campaign appearance at Renaissance High School on July 12, 2024 (Getty Images)
Supporters of President Joe Biden wait for the President to arrive for a campaign appearance at Renaissance High School on July 12, 2024 (Getty Images)

At Clooney fundraiser, Biden worried donors by ‘stumbling over small talk’

21:55 , Oliver O'Connell

Actor George Clooney wasn’t the only Democrat who became worried about President Joe Biden after a swanky fundraiser at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles last month.

Just two weeks before the June 27 debate that set off a crisis within the Democratic party, a “frail” Biden tripped over his words at the star-studded event even as it raised more than $30 million for his campaign coffers.

Jon Favreau, a speechwriter in the Obama White House and Pod Save America co-host, told The Washington Post: “I said to my wife, either he’ll do great at the debate, and we’ll realize he was just tired tonight, or he’ll perform like this and then the whole country will be talking about it.”

He added that Biden “was slow, halting, and hard to follow.”

And he wasn’t alone, as Gustaf Kilander reports.

Biden ‘stumbled over small talk’ at glamorous L.A. fundraiser Clooney hosted

Analysis: Biden needed to reassure America. But a string of gaffes have marred his fightback

21:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Joe Biden delivered his much anticipated “big boy press conference” on the sidelines of the Nato summit on Thursday night, marking his latest attempt to put mounting fears about his fitness to serve another term to rest.

In Thursday night’s high-stakes briefing, the president spoke to reporters for just under an hour, answering 19 questions from 10 journalists, and once again insisting that he is the best person to take on Donald Trump in November.

Joe Sommerlad reviews what went down.

All of Biden’s gaffes since disastrous debate performance with Trump

Watch: ‘Probably another 20’ Democrat lawmakers wish Biden would step aside

21:35 , Oliver O'Connell

The bogus right-wing legal battle to keep Joe Biden on the ballot

21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Alex Woodward writes:

A powerful right-wing think tank is threatening a legal battle to make sure that Joe Biden is the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2024.

But it’s unlikely that any lawsuit would be successful, election law experts say, pointing to state laws that allow the candidate who is nominated at a party’s convention to be the name on the ticket.

If the president ultimately decides to hang up his re-election campaign before the Democratic National Convention, where party members would then come up with an alternate nominee, there aren’t any legal pathways to force states to keep his name on the ballot.

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The bogus right-wing legal battle to keep Joe Biden on the ballot

Campaign dismisses Biden gaffes

21:28 , Oliver O'Connell

Speaking in a gaggle on Air Force One en route to Detroit today, Biden campaign spokesperson Michael Tyler said of the president’s name mixups last night: “Joe Biden has been making gaffes for 40 years. He made a couple last night. He'll probably continue to do so."

He then pivoted to contrasting Biden and Donald Trump and said: “We're confident that the American people are smart enough to understand the fundamental choice.”

Full list of those joining Biden in Detroit

21:25 , Oliver O'Connell

From the White House:

  • Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-06)

  • Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11)

  • Rep. Shri Thanedar (MI-13)

  • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (MI)

  • Speaker Joe Tate, Michigan House of Representatives (MI-HD-10)

  • Former Representative Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)

  • Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit, Michigan

  • Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO

  • April Verrett, President, SEIU

  • Claude Cummings, President, CWA

  • Mini Timmaraju, President, Reproductive Freedom for All

  • Lavora Barnes, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party

  • Daryl Newman, President, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO

  • Stephanie Carraker, Executive Board Member and former President, AFT Local 4168

  • Elijah Isaguirre, Political Director, MRCC Local 687

  • Michael Aaron, Laborers' Local 1191

  • Octavia Spencer, actress

Biden’s Michigan trip suggests splits in support

21:20 , Oliver O'Connell

As Joe Biden continues on the campaign trail to try and shore up the “Blue Wall” of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania as his “clearest pathway” to victory in November, when he visits the Detroit High School (where he spoke of being a bridge to a new generation of leaders four years ago) there will be some notable absentees...

Per the AP:

[A]t a critical juncture when Biden needs to consolidate support, key Democratic leaders in the state will notably be absent at Friday’s event, where Biden plans to speak about the “Project 2025” agenda, a massive proposed overhaul of the federal government drafted by longtime allies and former officials in the Trump administration.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is co-chair of Biden’s campaign, will be out of the state. Sen. Gary Peters, a steadfast supporter of Biden, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who is vying for Michigan’s open Senate seat, will also be absent from the event. United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain, whom Biden actively courted during last year’s strikes and who met with him and other union leaders Wednesday, is traveling for a conference.

Meanwhile, Rep. Hillary Scholten, who is seeking reelection in a battleground district in western Michigan, joined a growing list of national Democrats who have called on Biden to step aside for another candidate.

“With the challenges facing our country in 2025 and beyond, it is essential that we have the strongest possible candidate leading the top of the ticket — not just to win, but to govern,” Scholten said in a statement Thursday.

It’s not all bad news though. Michigan representatives Debbie Dingell, Haley Stevens, Shri Thanedar, and AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler will all attend. Also planning on being there is Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

In other more positive news for Biden, more than a dozen Detroit-area state lawmakers signed onto a joint letter on Thursday “to express our unwavering support” for him.

Don Jr praises Biden’s press conference as ‘not too bad’ as Trumpworld fears new candidates

21:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump Jr bizarrely praised President Joe Biden’s press conference as “not too bad” and said it would be “wonderful” if he stays in the 2024 White House race, amid murmurs that Trumpworld insiders are concerned about another Democrat taking over the party ticket.

The former president’s son hosted a live reaction video on Rumble on Thursday night, where he chimed in with a running commentary of Biden’s performance during his hour-long, high-stakes press conference at the NATO summit.

During his live reaction, Don Jr offered some rare praise for the president saying he was “doing okay” and that he is “not too bad.”

Read the rest of Rachel Sharp’s report here:

Don Jr bizarrely praises Biden’s press conference as ‘not too bad’

And here’s more from The Atlantic’s Tim Alberta on this morning’s Morning Joe:

Giuliani bankruptcy case thrown out after disgraced former mayor’s extensive ‘failures’

21:07 , Oliver O'Connell

A federal judge has thrown out cash-strapped Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case, opening the door for election workers he defamed to recover tens of millions of dollars owed to them for his baseless allegations surrounding the 2020 election.

Giuliani also failed to change his case from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 in an attempt to liquidate his assets.

A decision from bankruptcy court judge Sean Lane on Friday came days after Giuliani himself moved to dismiss his case, and after lawyers for the two election workers and other people the disgraced former New York City mayor owes money to had agreed that the move was the best path forward.

The end of his attempts to get bankruptcy protection do not let him off the hook for his mountain of debts as Alex Woodward and Kelly Rissman report.

Judge throws out Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case

EDITORIAL: America cannot go on like this – Joe Biden must pass the torch to a new generation

21:00 , The Independent View

Joe Biden may or may not suffer from some undiagnosed condition, but the United States cannot take the risk that a man of his age might not function in the manner expected of its chief executive in the coming years.

The Democratic Party cannot assume that Mr Biden will beat Donald Trump in the presidential election.

And the whole world cannot contemplate with equanimity a second presidency for Mr Trump, in which he would enjoy blanket executive immunity. The stakes in any race for the White House are high, but this year they are closer to the stratosphere than for decades.

The president knew that his performance at the conclusion of the Nato summit would be a very public test of his abilities. He failed that test.

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America cannot go on like this – Joe Biden must stand down

Viktor Orban gushes over Trump after ‘peace talks’ at Mar-a-Lago

20:53 , Oliver O'Connell

While Joe Biden was meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky in Washington, DC, on Thursday as part of the latest NATO summit to discuss ending Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, his presidential rival Donald Trump was hosting Hungary’s Kremlin-friendly authoritarian leader Viktor Orban at his home in Florida.

It was quite the contrast, as Joe Sommerlad reports.

Hungary’s Viktor Orban gushes over Trump after ‘peace talks’ at Mar-a-Lago

ICYMI: New York Times editorial board declares Donald Trump ‘unfit to lead’

20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump is “dangerous” and “unfit to lead” the country, the New York Times editorial board argued in a scathing, multi-part article ahead of next week’s GOP convention.

“He has demonstrated an utter lack of respect for the Constitution, the rule of law and the American people,” the article on Thursday argued. “Instead of a cogent vision for the country’s future, Mr. Trump is animated by a thirst for political power: to use the levers of government to advance his interests, satisfy his impulses and exact retribution against those who he thinks have wronged him.”

Josh Marcus reports.

New York Times editorial board declares Donald Trump ‘unfit to lead’

Full story: Trump names running mate finalists as he compares vice presidential race to ‘The Apprentice'

20:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump says he has narrowed his list of potential running mates to four men, a process he compared to his former reality television series The Apprentice.

He wants to announce the man who could be the next vice president of the United States at the beginning of next week’s Republican National Convention, when he is expected to receive the party’s formal nomination for the presidency.

“I’d love to do it at the convention, or just slightly before the convention, which would be— or just slightly before the convention, like Monday,” he told The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show on Friday.

The convention begins on Monday.

He’s really drawing this out, as Alex Woodward reports.

Trump names four finalists for his vice presidential pick

Comment: Stumbling Joe Biden is no longer just America’s problem

20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Mary Dejevsky writes:

The “President Putin” gaffe meant that almost however well Biden withstood his ordeal by press conference, there was a sense in which he had already failed. Without that fleeting episode, Biden could have left the press conference with, at best, some of the damage from the debate repaired and, at worst, relatively unscathed. He grasped and answered the questions put to him; he was sufficiently in command to allow himself some discursive answers; and he addressed, albeit with more lightness than was perhaps appropriate, the age and competence issues.

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Stumbling Joe Biden is no longer just America’s problem

In pictures: Biden heads to Detroit for campaign event

20:10 , Oliver O'Connell

Joe Biden is on his way to Detroit for a campaign event at the high school where four years ago he appeared with Kamala Harris and other rising Democratic stars and called himself a bridge to the next generation.

President Joe Biden arrives to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on July 12, 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden arrives to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, on July 12, 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)
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Meghan McCain compares Biden’s ‘cognitive decline’ to her father’s terminal cancer battle

20:05 , Oliver O'Connell

Meghan McCain, daughter of late Arizona Senator John McCain, has compared watching Joe Biden’s debate performance to her father’s “cognitive decline” during his battle with terminal brain cancer.

“It sounds a little ridiculous but my dad died of brain cancer, I know what cognitive decline looks like in one way or another. I think any caregiver for an aging parent knows that,” McCain said on her podcast, Citizen McCain, this week.

Ariana Baio reports.

Meghan McCain compares Biden’s ‘cognitive decline’ to her father’s cancer battle

Trump narrows down possible running mates after ‘highly sophisticated version of The Apprentice’

19:59 , Oliver O'Connell

It’s been said that Donald Trump was at his happiest hosting The Apprentice on NBC. Those days are long ago, but the former president often harks back to them.

A “highly sophisticated” version of the show is now how he has been vetting his possible running mates.

Speaking on The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, the former president indicated that his short list includes Marco Rubio, JD Vance, and Doug Burgum, and possibly revived the fortunes of Tim Scott, who was largely seen to have dropped out of contention.

You can listen to the interview here:

Trump has more thoughts on Biden’s problems, but surprisingly wishes him luck 🤔

19:50 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has some thoughts on President Joe Biden’s current political woes.

Here’s what he had to say on Truth Social this afternoon:

They’re blaming all of Crooked Joe Biden’s problems on me, including his really bad performance in the Debate. Some say that I was not respectful of him, and he just plain “choked.” Actually, I tried being as nice as possible considering that this is the man who has systematically destroyed our Country, and the man who has WEAPONIZED his Justice Department, doing everything possible to put his Political Opponent, me, in jail. Why should I be “nice” to him? He said he “just had a bad night,” and I hope, for the good of the Country, that he is right. But his performance since that very eventful Debate evening has not exactly been stellar. Yesterday, before his News Conference, he made an unpardonable gaffe, introducing President Zelenskyy as President Putin. Despite all of this, he shouldn’t allow complete losers like George Clooney, under the total auspices and control of Barack Hussein Obama, to push him out of office. That must be his decision, and his decision alone. Good luck Joe!

Yikes. That was a journey, wrapping in several conspiracies as per usual.

He wasn’t done there though. Yes, we’re back to the cognitive tests.

Joe should immediately take a Cognitive Test, and I will go with him, and take one also. For the first time we’ll be a team, and do it for the good of the Country….And from now on, all Presidential candidates should be mandated to take a Cognitive Test and Aptitude Test, regardless of their age!!!

Who remembers: “Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV”?

And finally, the caps-lock came on and he built to a crescendo.

OBAMA AND BIDEN HATE EACH OTHER! OBAMA NEVER RESPECTED BIDEN, THOUGHT HE WAS DUMB, AND A TOTAL LIGHTWEIGHT. WILL BE AN INTERESTING COUPLE OF WEEKS. OBAMA WANTS HIM OUT, WANTS V.P. HARRIS IN!

He’s not wrong, it will be an interesting couple of weeks.

Stay tuned.

Letters to the editor: Joe Biden needs to step aside and put his country first

19:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Our readers share their views.

Send your own to letters@independent.co.uk.

Letters: Joe Biden needs to step aside and put his country first

Biden campaign throwing focus at “Trump’s Project 2025"

19:37 , Oliver O'Connell

Biden met virtually with Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

19:35 , Oliver O'Connell

On behalf of the Biden-Harris Campaign:

President Biden joined a virtual meeting with leadership from the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and members of CAPAC’s political arm, ASPIRE PAC, to discuss the 2024 election. During the call, President Biden delivered remarks and answered questions from ASPIRE PAC members.

Mike Levin becomes 19th Democrat rep to call on Biden to step aside

19:19 , Oliver O'Connell

California congressman and frontline district rep Mike Levin says it’s time for Biden to pass the torch, becoming the 19th congressional Democrat calling on Biden to do so.

RNC schedule: What you need to know about next week’s convention in Milwaukee

19:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The 2024 Republican National Convention is now just days away – meaning Donald Trump will soon officially become the party’s presidential nominee in the 2024 race.

The twice-impeached convicted felon breezed through the GOP primary races, beating out competitors and amassing far greater than the required number of delegates to secure the nomination.

Now, from July 15 to 18, Republican lawmakers, delegates and other party figures will descend on the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to officially crown Trump the nominee and see the former president declare his chosen running mate.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming convention.

RNC schedule: Major speakers, events and when Trump will accept the nomination

Biden met virtually with Congressional Hispanic Caucus PAC

19:11 , Oliver O'Connell

On behalf of the Biden-Harris Campaign:

President Biden joined a virtual meeting with BOLD PAC, the political affiliate of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), to discuss the 2024 election. During the call, President Biden delivered remarks and answered questions from BOLD PAC members.

Full story: Hakeem Jeffries met privately with Biden — but didn’t offer his endorsement

19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries met with President Joe Biden on Thursday evening as a growing number of endangered members of the House Democratic caucus come forward to urge Biden to step aside.

But Jeffries — who hopes to one day clinch a majority in the House and become the first Black speaker — withheld his endorsement of the president in the meeting, CNN reported.

Eric Garcia has the story.

Jeffries met privately with Biden — but didn’t offer his endorsement

Stormy Daniels reveals she suffered a miscarriage after Trump indictment

18:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Stormy Daniels said that the Donald Trump indictment last year in the hush money case against the former president had “physically destroyed” her, revealing that she experienced a miscarriage.

The 45-year-old shared her experience in The Daily Mail’s podcast series Everything I Know About Me, in which she said that she had a miscarriage and had not had a period since Trump’s indictment in March 2023.

Amelia Neath and Kelly Rissman report.

Stormy Daniels reveals she had miscarriage after Trump was indicted

Full story: Democratic donors freeze $90m in donations as long as Biden is at top of the ticket

18:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Some wealthy donors have told the largest Biden-supporting Super PAC that they’re withholding around $90m in donations as long as the embattled president remains atop the Democratic ticket, according to a report.

Two sources told The New York Times that the donations now on hold include contributions of eight-figure sums. This comes after Biden’s disastrous debate performance on June 27.

An adviser to the PAC told the outlet that they expect the donations to resume when the uncertainty about the state of the party’s ticket has passed.

Gustaf Kilander has the full story.

Democratic donors freeze $90m in donations as long as Biden is at top of the ticket

Biden to meet with key Democrat caucus members

18:20 , Oliver O'Connell

Recap: All the House and Senate Democrats who say it’s time for Biden to stand aside

18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Despite attempting to dig himself out of the political crisis that has engulfed him since his debate debacle last month, Joe Biden appears to become more entrenched with every swing of his shovel.

Seventeen House Democrats and one Senator have so far called on the president to drop out of the race for the White House, as of Friday — with others privately expressing their doubts he can continue as the party’s candidate.

Read on to see who they are...

All the House and Senate Democrats who say it’s time for Biden to stand aside

How would replacing Biden actually work?

18:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Eric Garcia and Gustaf Kilander write:

Even some of Biden’s aides are reportedly starting to think it may be time to go, and have started to brainstorm ways to convince him to do so. The campaign is also reported to be conducting head-to-head polling between Trump and Harris.

This all comes after his disastrous debate on June 27 when Biden appeared confused and frail, made several gaffes and losing his train of thought.

Insiders have previously told The Independent that they believe there is “no question” Harris would receive the baton if Biden would reverse course and choose not to run in November. However, to date, Harris has remained steadfastly loyal to Biden’s bid.

But how would replacing Biden actually work?

Here’s the process as calls grow for him to pass the torch:

How would replacing Biden as the Democratic nominee actually work?

17:45 , Oliver O'Connell

No Biden endorsement from Jeffries, report says

17:37 , Oliver O'Connell

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reports that at the meeting between Joe Biden and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, no endorsement of the president was offered by the top House Democrat.

Citing a source familiar with last night’s White House meeting, Zeleny reports that Jeffries “bluntly” shared the views of the caucus (as he stated in his ‘Dear Colleague’ letter this morning) but intentionally did not offer an endorsement or say publicly that the decision to step aside from the campaign is Biden’s to make.

While it is uncertain if Biden directly asked Jeffries for his tacit endorsement, a person familiar with the matter said, Jeffries did not extend it at the meeting and no mention was made in today’s letter.

In the room: ‘I was at Biden’s ‘big boy’ press conference. It was stage-managed to a fault'

17:30 , Oliver O'Connell

The Independent’s White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg writes:

Just hours before the ‘big boy’ press conference that was intended to reassure us all, President Joe Biden made a catastrophic mistake. Inviting Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, to the stage at a NATO event, he accidentally referred to him as “President Putin”. It was a nail-biting moment and groans could be heard in the room as it happened. Biden’s seconds-later excuse — that he was just “so focused about beating Putin” while he was talking that he slipped up — was hardly reassuring.

Hours later, The Independent joined a small number of reporters allowed to attend the hour-long press conference on Thursday night.

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I was at Biden’s ‘big boy’ press conference. It was stage-managed to a fault

Watch: Former Biden chief of staff explains president’s appeal in swing states

17:20 , Oliver O'Connell

I think the man from Scranton is the right person to take on the man from Mar-a-Lago. This is the contrast we want in this race, that’s going to narrow to Biden’s benefit, and in the end, he’ll win those states as he did in 2020.

Ron Klain, former White House chief of staff

Pro-Biden super PAC donor withholding approximately $90m, report says

17:13 , Oliver O'Connell

The New York Times reports that major Democratic donors have told the largest pro-Biden super PAC, Future Forward, that pledges worth roughly $90m are on hold if Joe Biden remains at the top of the ticket. The outlet cites two people briefed on the conversations.

Per the Times:

The frozen contributions include multiple eight-figure commitments, according to the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation. The decision to withhold such enormous sums of money is one of the most concrete examples of the fallout from Mr. Biden’s poor debate performance at the end of June.

Future Forward declined to comment on any conversations with donors or the amounts of any pledged money being withheld. A Future Forward adviser would say only that the group expected contributors who had paused donations to return once the current uncertainty about the ticket was resolved.

Separately, one donor to the group described being approached multiple times by Future Forward since the debate for a contribution, but said he and his friends had been “holding off.”

No individual donors have been named.

Biden pushes his ‘blue wall’ sprint with a Michigan trip as he makes the case for his candidacy

17:00 , Oliver O'Connell

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Four years ago, candidate Joe Biden stood before supporters at a Detroit high school, flanked by Kamala Harris and other rising Democratic stars, and called himself a bridge to the next generation of leaders.

Biden, now a president seeking reelection, returns to that same high school on Friday with many in his party now pleading for him to fulfill that very promise and step aside. But Biden remains defiant that he’ll remain in the race despite a disastrous debate performance that triggered a wave of calls for him to end his candidacy.

During a news conference on Thursday, when asked why he no longer considered himself a “bridge” to the next generation of leaders, Biden responded that “what changed was the gravity of the situation I inherited in terms of the economy, foreign policy, and domestic division.”

“We’ve never been here before,” Biden continued. “And that’s the other reason why I didn’t, you say, hand off to another generation. I gotta finish the job.”

In the two weeks since his debate debacle, Biden and his team have been on a relentless sprint to convince fretting lawmakers, nervous donors and a skeptical electorate that at the age of 81, he is still capable of being president. But a spate of travel to battleground states, interviews with journalists and a rare solo news conference have done little to tamp down the angst within the party about Biden’s candidacy and his prospects against Donald Trump in November.

16:45 , Oliver O'Connell

‘We can’t risk a Trump presidency’: Ashley Judd pens deeply personal op-ed calling on Biden to step aside

16:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Actress Ashley Judd has joined the strengthening chorus of voices — which now includes several celebrities — calling on President Joe Biden to step aside.

In a deeply personal and heartfelt op-ed for USA Today, she wrote that some of her “beloved chosen and biological family ... feverishly love Donald Trump,” but she can’t imagine the former president bringing his “cruelty” to the White House for a second term.

She added that during the disastrous June 27 debate — where Biden appeared confused and frail, losing his train of thought and making several gaffes— the president was unable to counter Trump as he “gushed a firehose of galling lies.”

“I now ask President Joe Biden to step aside,” she wrote.

Gustaf Kilander has the story.

Ashley Judd pens op-ed calling on Biden to step aside: ‘Can’t risk Trump presidency’

New poll: Biden gains point since debate

16:15 , Oliver O'Connell

The race for the White House remains statistically tied according to a new national NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first since President Joe Biden’s dismal debate performance on June 27.

Indeed, the president actually gained a point over the preceding month’s survey and now leads Donald Trump 50 per cent to 48 per cent in a head-to-head matchup.

When third-party options are included, Trump gains a slight advantage and leads Biden 43 per cent to 42 per cent.

The margin of error is +/- 3.1 per cent.

However, nearly two-thirds of the more than 1,309 respondents said they believe Biden lacks the mental fitness to be president. That includes almost 4 in 10 Democrats.

But the survey also found that more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of people said it’s more concerning to have a president who doesn’t tell the truth than one who might be too old to serve.

A majority said Biden has the character to be president (52 per cent), while a majority also said Trump does not (56 per cent).

Nevertheless, almost 6 in 10 respondents believe Trump will win in November including a quarter of Democrats.

Biden alternatives in the Democratic Party all poll about the same as the president against Trump according to the poll [Kamala Harris 50-49 Trump; Gretchen Whitmer 49-49 Trump; Gavin Newsom 50-48 Trump].

While there is no clear alternative candidate for the party, those who are calling for Biden to step aside would nevertheless argue that a younger nominee could campaign more vigorously and make a more coherent case.

Watch: Gavin Newsom tells CBS Sunday he’s ‘all-in’ with Biden

16:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Robert Costa of CBS News has posted a clip of a lengthy interview with Governor Gavin Newsom of California that will air in dull this Sunday.

Newsom tells him that he’s “all in, no daylight” with President Biden and says he hits “delete, delete, delete, delete”’ on any message encouraging him to run.

Biden touts successful outcomes of Nato summit

15:45 , Oliver O'Connell

The Biden White House is marking the closing of this week’s NATO summit by listing successful agreements reached by members of the alliance.

“NATO is the strongest defensive alliance in history. And today, it is bigger, stronger, better resourced, and more united than ever before,” a statement reads before listing the nine key outcomes of the summit.

President Joe Biden adds: “After this war is over, if Putin ever tries this again, every country that has endorsed the Ukraine Compact pledges to have Ukraine’s back, just like we have it now.

“That matters.”

Another House Democrat says it’s time for Biden to ‘pass the torch'

15:34 , Oliver O'Connell

Rep Brittany Pettersen of Colorado has joined the group of colleagues calling on Joe Biden to “pass the torch” to another member of the party.

Here’s her statement in full:

Former Biden adviser calls White House leaks cowardly

15:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Kate Bedingfield, former Biden White House communications director, says the flood of leaks this week has been “cowardly” saying those responsible should put their name to their words.

Here’s what she tweeted this morning: “There have been a flood of leaks from Bidenworld over the last few days that have been cowardly - if you believe he cannot win, put your name on it and resign.”

She then gives an example she finds especially loathsome:

More: House minority leader met with Biden last night

15:23 , Oliver O'Connell

Jeffries shared with Biden “the full breadth of insight, heartfelt perspectives and conclusions about the path forward that the Caucus has shared in our recent time together”.

No conclusions were shared.

Here’s the letter in full via Eric Garcia:

Dear Colleague:

Over the past several days, House Democrats have engaged in a thoughtful and extensive discussion about the future of our country, during a time when freedom, democracy and the economic well-being of everyday Americans are on the line. Our discourse has been candid, clear-eyed and comprehensive.

On behalf of the House Democratic Caucus, I requested and was graciously granted a private meeting with President Joe Biden. That meeting occurred yesterday evening. In my conversation with President Biden, I directly expressed the full breadth of insight, heartfelt perspectives and conclusions about the path forward that the Caucus has shared in our recent time together.

As House Democrats have done throughout this Congress, we will continue to work in the best interests of everyday Americans. Thank you for your continued leadership in service of the communities we are privileged to represent.

House minority leader met with Biden last night

15:19 , Oliver O'Connell

Democrat House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries met with President Joe Biden last night, Punchbowl News reports.

Jeffries has been speaking to House Democrats about Biden’s political standing and future for the past few days.

Jon Stewart accuses Biden of being ‘Trumpian’

15:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The Daily Show host has accused Biden of being “Trumpian” by refusing to even discuss the possibility of giving up the Democratic presidential nomination on the latest instalment of his podcast.

Gustaf Kilander was listening.

Jon Stewart accuses Biden of being ‘Trumpian’ by refusing to discuss criticism

Biden announces US delegations to Paris Olympics

15:11 , Oliver O'Connell

President Joe Biden today announced the designation of four Presidential Delegations to Paris, France to attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and events of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Dr Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, will lead the delegation to the Opening of the Olympic Games on July 26, 2024.

Doug Emhoff, Second Gentleman of the United States, will lead the delegation to the Closing of the Olympic Games on August 11, 2024.

Senator Tammy Duckworth will lead the delegation to the Opening of the Paralympic Games on August 28, 2024.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, will lead the delegation to the Closing of the Paralympic Games on September 8, 2024.

Watch: Why the Trump campaign is scared of Biden dropping out

14:54 , Oliver O'Connell

Don Jr bizarrely praises Biden’s press conference as ‘not too bad’

14:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump’s son bizarrely praised Biden’s press conference yesterday as “not too bad” and said it would be “wonderful” if he stays in the 2024 White House race, amid murmurs that Trumpworld insiders are concerned about another Democrat taking over the party ticket.

Here’s Rachel Sharp’s report.

Don Jr bizarrely praises Biden’s press conference as ‘not too bad’

Obama adviser claims Biden is trying to ‘run out the clock’

14:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Influential Democratic strategist David Axelrod has claimed that the president is trying to “run out the clock” to prevent his being replaced by a new candidate on the party’s 2024 ticket.

“I do think he is trying to run out the clock,” the former Obama adviser told CNN.

“And then time gets very short if you were to make a change.”

James Liddell has more.

Obama adviser claims Biden is trying to ‘run out the clock’ on changing nominee

Biden campaign tests ‘head-to-head matchups’ of Harris against Trump

13:45 , Joe Sommerlad

The president’s own campaign is reportedly test-polling head-to-head matchups between Vice President Kamala Harris and Republican challenger Donald Trump, reports Gustaf Kilander.

Biden campaign tests ‘head-to-head matchups’ of Harris against Trump

Clyburn: 'I’m riding with Biden no which direction he goes’

13:30 , Joe Sommerlad

With Democrats clearly deeply divided about the president’s prospects, here’s a timely endorsement for him from the respected and influential Jim Clyburn.

Why AOC is behind Biden while Pelosi is not

13:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Eric Garcia has this on why the Democratic Party’s future and its past cannot agree on the president’s plight.

Why AOC is behind Biden — while Nancy Pelosi is not

Biden needed to reassure America after disastrous debate. But a string of gaffes have marred his fightback

12:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s an overview of the president’s most recent post-debate blunders and mix-ups, which, understandable though they may be, keep on undermining his case for staying on.

All of Biden’s gaffes since disastrous debate performance with Trump

Moment Biden’s team reacts to president calling Kamala Harris ‘vice president Trump’

12:15 , Joe Sommerlad

Revealing footage has captured the moment members of Joe Biden’s cabinet reacted to his latest gaffe during his high-stakes press conference on Thursday night.

During what was tipped to be a critical briefing – as he seeks to win over growing skepticism about his competence to serve – the 81-year-old president mistakenly referred to his deputy Kamala Harris as “vice president Trump”.

“I wouldn’t have picked vice president Trump to be vice president, though I think she was not qualified to be president,” Biden said, without correcting himself.

Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan were sat in the audience during the stunning moment and their expressions were picked up on the C-SPAN cameras.

The top officials appeared crestfallen and dismayed by the gaffe, seemingly trying not to react too significantly – closing their eyes and looking at the floor in silent dejection.

Moment Biden’s team reacts to president calling Kamala Harris ‘Vice President Trump’

Obama and Pelosi ‘hold talks on Biden’s future'

11:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Former president Barack Obama and ex-House speaker Nancy Pelosi have reportedly privately expressed their concerns about President Joe Biden’s future as he continues to struggle to convince the American electorate and his fellow Democrats that he remains the right person to top the ticket and take on Trump in November.

“Neither is quite sure what to do,” reports CNN, rather ominiously, with both keenly aware that neither Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer or House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries has the personal clout with Biden to sway him.

Pelosi has been non-commital on Biden in recent days while saying that questions about his wellbeing are “legitimate” while Obama is understood to have known about his friend George Clooney’s New York Times op-ed calling for Biden to step aside in advance and raised no objections.

Here’s the latest from Andrew Feinberg on Biden’s closet aides huddling.

Biden’s closest aides hold secret talks on convincing the president to step aside

Trump demands judge toss out hush money verdict after immunity ruling

11:15 , Joe Sommerlad

The Republican presidential candidate’s attorneys have formally asked the judge overseeing his hush money trial to throw out the 34-count verdict against him and dismiss the case based on the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on presidential “immunity.”

A 50-page filing in Manhattan criminal court that was made public on Thursday — the day Trump was initially scheduled to be sentenced — argues that several pieces of evidence used against the former president fall under the scope of the Supreme Court’s decision, which shields presidents from criminal prosecution for “official” acts in office.

Those “impermissible official-acts evidence” include Trump’s conversations with a White House aide who testified at the trial, phone records from his time in office, and posts on Twitter, which was “recognized as a formal channel of White House communication in the Trump Administration,” according to Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche.

Here’s the latest from Alex Woodward.

Trump demands judge toss out verdict in hush money case after ‘immunity’ ruling

Voices: At Biden’s press conference, trouble began when the teleprompter ended

10:45 , Joe Sommerlad

The president’s faltering appearances have made physicians out of all of us but especially within his own party, Richard Hall writes.

At Biden’s high-stakes press conference, trouble began when the teleprompter stopped

Biden slams Trump for ‘riding in golf cart’ amid question on schedule

10:15 , Joe Sommerlad

This one of the president’s better moments during yesterday’s presser, attacking his Republican rival for his idleness, which we saw plenty of in office.

Josh Marcus reports.

Biden slams Trump for ‘riding in his golf cart’ during question on his schedule

‘Great job, Joe!’ Trump roasts Biden for mixing him up with Kamala Harris in ‘big boy press conference’

09:45 , Joe Sommerlad

Good morning!

Donald Trump and his cronies have, inevitably, been mocking poor old Joe Biden following his press conference gaffe confusing Vice President Kamala Harris with his Republican rival.

“Crooked Joe begins his ‘Big Boy’ Press Conference with, ‘I wouldn’t have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president, though I think she was not qualified to be president.’ Great job, Joe!” Trump sneared on Truth Social.

Mike Bedigan has more.

Trump mocks Biden for mixing him up with vice president Kamala at press conference

Biden’s highly choreographed ‘big boy’ presser wasn’t enough to reassure wobbly Democrats

09:10 , Tom Watling

Biden’s choreographed ‘big boy’ presser wasn’t enough to reassure wobbly Democrats

All the celebrities who have called for Joe Biden to step down, from George Clooney to Stephen King

09:00 , Tom Watling

Celebrities who’ve called for Biden to step down, from George Clooney to Rob Reiner

At Biden’s high-stakes press conference, the trouble began when the teleprompter turned off

08:50 , Tom Watling

At Biden’s high-stakes press conference, trouble began when the teleprompter stopped

Watch Biden’s post-Nato press conference in full

08:40 , Tom Watling

Below, you can watch US president Joe Biden’s full press conference following the three-day annual Nato summit in Washington.

During the presser, he was grilled on whether he was mentally fit for the role and forced to respond to questions about his multiple gaffes during speeches at the summit.

It is the first time Mr Biden has faced questions from the press for such a duration of time since after Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited the US last November.

The 15 House and Senate Democrats who say Biden needs to step aside

08:30 , Mike Bedigan

Another top Democrat has now called on President Joe Biden to step down following his press conference on Thursday.

This now brings the total to 15 high-profile Dems who have spoken out publicly. Here’s the list:

The 15 House and Senate Democrats who say Biden needs to step aside

Biden mistakenly calls Zelensky ‘Putin’ while introducing him at NATO summit

08:20 , Tom Watling

Below we have a video reminder of the moment US president Joe Biden introduced Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky as “president Putin”.

Biden mistakenly calls Zelensky ‘Putin’ while introducing him at NATO summit

Zelensky thanks Biden for ‘leadership’ at Nato summit despite gaffe

08:10 , Tom Watling

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked Joe Biden for “his leadership” at the 75th annual Nato summit in Washington despite the US leader introducing him as “president Putin” during a speech.

“I thank President Biden for his leadership and all the efforts to make our security cooperation full of strong actions,” Mr Zelensky wrote on X, formerly Twitter. “There are 23 strong agreements, and there will be agreements with other countries.”

Biden hits back at Trump following Harris gaffe

08:00 , Tom Watling

US president Joe Biden has hit back at comments made by Donald Trump suggesting the incumbent leader is not fit for office after he confused his vice president Kamala Harris with his Republican counterpart.

In a message on his own social media platform Truth Social, Mr Trump recounted Mr Biden’s gaffe before finishing with the line “Good job, Joe!”

Writing on X, formerly Twitter, Mr Biden responded: “By the way: Yes, I know the difference. One’s a prosecutor, and the other’s a felon.”

Trump hosts Hungarian leader in Florida

07:50 , Tom Watling

Donald Trump has hosted Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in his Florida Mar-a-Lago estate following a Nato summit in Washington.

The two leaders and longtime political allies discussed possible peace solutions to crises around the world, including the war in Ukraine.

It was the fifth meeting Mr Orban had held since assuming the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union on 1 July concerning finding a peaceful conclusion to the war. He visited Kyiv, Moscow and Beijing before heading to Washington.

“It was an honour to visit President Trump at Mar-a-Lago today,” Mr Orban wrote. “We discussed ways to make peace. The good news of the day: he’s going to solve it!”

Mr Trump has said he could end the war in Ukraine in 24 hours of coming back to office, though he has not elaborated on how that might happen.

Biden says Americans ‘understand’ need for Nato

07:40 , Tom Watling

Americans “understand” that the country is stronger if it remains in the Nato alliance, US president Joe Biden has said, in a pointed retaliation to remarks for his counterpart Donald Trump.

In a statement issued after the 75th annual Nato summit in Washington, Mr Biden wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “I believe the American people understand that we are stronger because of the Nato Alliance.

“America cannot retreat from the world – America must lead it. We are the indispensable nation.”

Previously, former president Donald Trump, who hopes to return to office next year, cast doubt on whether the US would continue its support for Nato, questioning whether they would come to the help of countries that do not meet a minimum two per cent of spending on defence.

Watch in full: Biden press conference

07:30 , Mike Bedigan

Watch in full: Biden takes questions from journalists in rare, high-stakes press conference

We have some pictures from last night’s Nato summit in Washington

07:24 , Tom Watling

Below are some of the latest photos coming out of Washington after US president Joe Biden confused his vice president with Donald Trump and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky with Vladimir Putin during closing remarks for the 75th annual Nato summit.

The US president spent an hour answering questions from journalists - the first time he has done so this year - after the summit where he was asked repeatedly if he was fit for office.

US president Joe Biden holds news conference at the 2024 Nato Summit (Getty Images)
US president Joe Biden holds news conference at the 2024 Nato Summit (Getty Images)
Uresident Joe Biden and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky participate in the launching of the Ukraine Compact at the 2024 NATO Summit (Getty Images)
Uresident Joe Biden and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky participate in the launching of the Ukraine Compact at the 2024 NATO Summit (Getty Images)
US president Joe Biden meets with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the Nato Summit (AFP via Getty Images)
US president Joe Biden meets with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the Nato Summit (AFP via Getty Images)

Biden opens high-stakes press conference by calling Kamala ‘VP Trump’ but doubles down on running in November

07:18 , Tom Watling

Biden opens high-stakes press conference by calling Kamala ‘VP Trump’

Analysis: More questions than answers for Biden

06:50 , Chris Stevenson

Joe Biden was definant about calls to stand aside in the race for the White House dueing his press conference, but as our Senior US Correspondent, Richard Hall, writes, the president’s worries really began when ge began facing questions from the press pack.“The trouble began as soon as the teleprompter was turned off.

“Just two weeks after a disastrous debate plunged his campaign into crisis, and with heavy hitters in his own party refusing to publicly support him, Joe Biden’s performance needed to be flawless.

“But in his first answer, to the first question, at his first open press conference in eight months, he confused his running-mate, Kamala Harris, with his mortal enemy, Donald Trump.”

At Biden’s high-stakes press conference, trouble began when the teleprompter stopped

Watch: Biden calls Harris ‘Vice President Trump’ in slip up at NATO news conference

06:30 , Mike Bedigan

In pictures: Biden’s press conference at Nato Summit

05:30 , Mike Bedigan

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Biden remains adamant that he is the one to win

04:30 , Mike Bedigan

Biden scorches Trump for ‘riding around in his golf cart’ during question on his schedule

04:01 , Mike Bedigan

Joe Biden mocked White House rival Donald Trump’s workload of ‘driving around on his golf cart, filling out his score card before he hits the ball’ as he defended his fitness to beat his Republican rival during a high-stakes solo press conference.

Read the full story here:

Biden slams Trump for ‘riding in his golf cart’ during question on his schedule

More talk about golf

03:20 , Mike Bedigan

Biden opens high-stakes presser by calling Kamala ‘VP Trump’ but doubles down on running in November

02:35 , Mike Bedigan

President Joe Biden accidentally referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “Vice President Trump” as he answered his first question at a closely watched, high-stakes press conference while under pressure from Democratic officials to end his re-election campaign against his Republican rival.

Read the full story from Alex Woodward here:

Biden mistakenly calls Harris ‘Vice President Trump’ at high-stakes press conference

Eric Trump blasts Biden’s presser performance

02:15 , Mike Bedigan

Biden press conference whispers return

01:55 , Mike Bedigan

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Biden finds burst of angry energy

01:45 , Mike Bedigan

After fairly steady answers to questions from reporters, Joe Biden displayed a random burst of energy.

“I’m going to be going around and making the case for things that we have to finish. Control guns not girls,” he said, in response to a reporter question.

Then, becoming visibly and audibly angry he added: “More children are killed by a bullet than any other cause of death. In the United States of America. What are we doing?”

In 2020, firearm-related injuries surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of death among US children and adolescents, according to previous analysis from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What will people remember from Biden address?

01:35 , Mike Bedigan

Biden hits out at Trump: ‘Where’s he been?'

01:25 , Mike Bedigan

Joe Biden hit out at Donald Trump, after being asked about his “limits” that he reportedly acknowledged – including needing to end his working day by 8pm.

After acknowledging his “stupid mistake” during the debate, he said: :My schedule has been full. Where has Trump been? Riding around in his golf cart, filling out his scorecard before he hits the ball. Look, he’s done virtually nothing.”

Trump mocks Biden slip-up on Truth Social

01:15 , Mike Bedigan

Donald Trump mocked Joe Biden’s slip up at his “Big Boy” press conference on Thursday, in which the president referred to Kamala Harris as “Vice President Trump”.

“Great job, Joe!” he wrote.

 (@realDonaldTrump)
(@realDonaldTrump)

Biden laughs at several questions from reporters

Friday 12 July 2024 00:50 , Mike Bedigan

Joe Biden laughed at several questions from reporters that concerned his mental capacity.

The first question concerned a gaffe made shortly before the high stakes press conference on Thursday evening, where he introduced Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky onstage at the Nato Summit as “president Putin”.

Biden chuckled before responding.

Later, he laughed again in response to a question over reports he wanted to finish his working day earlier and be in bed by 8pm.

“That’s not true,” he said.

Watch the Harris/ Trump mix up

Friday 12 July 2024 00:45 , Mike Bedigan

Biden confuses Kamala Harris... for Trump

Friday 12 July 2024 00:40 , Mike Bedigan

Facing his first question from reporters, Biden appeared to confuse vice president Kamala Harris, with his political rival Donald Trump.

Asked if he had any concerns about Harris’ ability to rule should she take over the race in his stead, he replied: “I wouldn’t have picked vice president Trump...” before quickly correcting himself.

He continued: “The fact it is I think I am the right person to run for president. I beat [Trump] once and I’ll beat him again.”

Biden makes it through scripted remarks with few stumbles

Friday 12 July 2024 00:36 , Mike Bedigan

Joe Biden made it through the first portion of his Nato Summit address relatively smoothly, despite high levels of scrutiny.

The president coughed several times, but was coherent with his words as he spoke of the US committment to Ukraine and its ongoing battle with Russia.

He will now face questions from reporters.

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Biden begins high-stakes press conference at Nato summit

Friday 12 July 2024 00:28 , Mike Bedigan

Joe Biden is speaking in his first press conference in eight months, in a high-stakes appearance at the Nato Summit in Washington as he attempts to claw back support from skeptical members of the Democratic party.

The address is being seen by some as make-or-break, and comes as the president continues to attempt to play down concerns about his age and capability, following his disastrous presidential debate against Donald Trump last month.

Biden was scheduled to begin at 6.30pm eastern, but the president did not take to the stage until around an hour later.

Moments before the news conference, Biden made yet another serious gaffe, introducing Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky onstage at the Nato Summit as “president Putin”.

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