Former President Donald Trump on Thursday night blasted what he called “softball” questions asked by reporters during President Joe Biden’s first press conference earlier in the day.
Speaking to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Trump said Biden’s presser was like a “different world” compared to when he faced questions from the Washington press corp.
“It was like softballs, like you’re throwing softballs — and it’s just a different world,” the former president said.
“Nobody’s seen anything like it. It’s very sad to watch actually, they’re feeding him questions, they’re easy questions,” Trump said.
The press pool at Thursday’s briefing was limited to 25 reporters and Biden only took questions from a list of journalists whose names and outlets he read from a cue card.
Trump noted in the interview how Fox News’ Peter Doocy was not called upon by Biden.
In Thursday’s press conference, Biden at times lost his train of thought, forgetting questions and pausing for extended periods of time.
But Trump didn’t directly attack Biden’s handling of the briefing — instead criticized questions posed by members of the Washington media.
“They were strange questions and they were asked in a very interesting way,” Trump said.
The former president then riffed on a range of topic, including reports that he may open his own social media platform after being banned from Twitter.
But, Trump said, he has grown accustomed to issuing short press releases, which he has done since getting knocked off the social media site.
“I almost like it better, I think I do like it better,” Trump said of the releases.
“I put out statements now … and the statements are picked up by everybody.”
Ingraham also asked Trump about the anti-American statements Biden officials endured from their Chinese counterparts last week at a summit in Alaska.
“That was an embarrassment,” Trump said about Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi lecturing Secretary of State Tony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan on what he said was US hypocrisy.
“That was an absolute embarrassment to our country,” said Trump.
“China respected us. They never spoke to us the way they spoke to [the Biden] administration,” he said.
Regarding the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border, Trump blasted the Biden administration’s response as “outrageous,” repeating his suggestion that they should complete the border wall.
The former president also rejected a claim made by Biden at his press conference that Trump let children trying to enter the US “starve to death” on the other side of the border.
“First of all, it’s just the opposite,” Trump told Ingraham. “By the time we finished what we were doing [on the border], very few people were coming up because they knew they weren’t going to get through.
“If young kids were with parents, but a lot of times, they weren’t, and we would take care of them, but … what they are doing now is outrageous. And they should finish the wall.”