Former President Donald Trump on Thursday wished President Biden good luck in his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin – and also urged him to stay awake.
“Good luck to Biden in the treatment of President Putin – do not fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest greetings!” Trump said in an email statement.
Trump was nicknamed Biden “Sleepy Joe” during last year’s presidential campaign and repeatedly claimed he was in mental decline.
His snoring affection for Biden follows the president’s meeting Thursday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The leaders greeted each other with compliments, and Biden even gave Johnson a new bike.
Biden meets Putin on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II over the weekend at Windsor Castle and then attending a NATO summit in Belgium.
It is not yet clear whether Biden and Putin will hold a joint press conference in Geneva. Trump was forced into damage control after a press conference in Finland with Putin in 2018, where he seemed to accept Putin’s denial that Russia hacked Democrats in 2016.
Trump said in his new statement that “[a]s President, I had a large and very productive meeting with President Putin in Russia in Helsinki, Finland. Despite the delayed Fake News portrayal of the meeting, the United States won much, including the respect of President Putin and Russia. ”
Trump went on to say that the FBI’s Russia investigation, which fruitlessly investigated him for possibly collaborating with Russia, was to blame for obstructing his foreign policy.
“Because of the fake Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax that is filled up and paid for by the Democrats and the crooked Hillary Clinton, the United States was disadvantaged – a disadvantage that was nevertheless overcome by me,” Trump said.
He added: “What I trust, they asked, Russia or our ‘Obama-era’ intelligence service ‘, which means people like Comey, McCabe, the two lovers, Brennan, Clapper and several other sleezebags or Russia, the answer after all that, found out and written, it should be obvious. Our government has rarely had such a low life as those who work for it. ”