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Obama privately warns Biden: Trump is ‘formidable candidate’: Report

President Barack Obama fist bumps Then-Vice President Joe Biden before a meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 16, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
August 04, 2023

In a private meeting earlier this summer, former President Barack Obama cautioned President Joe Biden that former President Donald Trump should not be underestimated, describing him as a “more formidable candidate” than many Democrats realize.

A detailed report by Washington Post, based on conversations with two individuals familiar with the matter, paints a vivid picture of the concerns expressed by Obama and his commitment of support to ensure Biden’s reelection.

According to the Washington Post, the meeting between the 44th and 46th presidents took place during a private lunch in late June. During their conversation, Obama expressed concerns over Trump’s strengths politically and his loyal following, as well as supportive conservative media and an increasingly polarized nation.

The meeting has been described as one of the two leaders’ routine “catch up” gatherings, where they discuss various political, policy and personal topics.

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In terms of campaign support, aides of the former president say Obama plans to tap into his election playbook for 2024. This would include hosting large rallies, fundraising and appearing in nontraditional settings to connect with young voters, such as collaborations with TikTok influencers.

“Obama will tailor his campaign activity to maximize its effect,” Eric Schultz, a senior Obama adviser, stated.

People familiar with Obama’s campaign plans have also confirmed that he will begin fundraising for Biden this fall.

According to Fox News, Biden campaign spokesperson TJ Ducklo has expressed the president’s gratitude, stating, “President Biden is grateful for his unwavering support, and looks forward to once again campaigning side-by-side with President Obama to win in 2024 and finish the job for the American people.”

This news article was partially created with the assistance of artificial intelligence and edited and fact-checked by a human editor.