Trump defends Biden after Democratic debate, says Harris got ‘too much credit’

Trump defends Biden after Democratic debate, says Harris got 'too much credit'

OSAKA, Japan — President Donald Trump on Saturday defended former Vice President Joe Biden’s performance in the first Democratic presidential debate and said Sen. Kamala Harris got “too much credit” for her searing attack on Biden over his history on race and busing to desegregate schools.

Although he conceded that Biden “didn’t do well, certainly,” Trump said the facts might not have been on Biden’s side and that had he “answered the question a little bit differently, it would have been a different result.”

Speaking to reporters at a news conference after the G-20 summit in Japan, Trump said that the line of attack by Harris was “so out of the can,” suggesting it was rehearsed ahead of time.

“It wasn’t that outstanding, and I think probably he was hit harder than he should have been hit,” Trump said.

The president’s unexpected defense of Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic race to face him in 2020, came as Harris is receiving a fresh look from primary voters following her debate performance in Miami on Thursday.

Trump in the past has seemed to focus the bulk of his political ire on opponents he perceives as posing the biggest threat.

“You never know who’s going to be tough,” Trump said of his potential competitors. “One who you think is going to be tough turns out to be not so much.”

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