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Trump aides assure boss that Biden isn’t a threat

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Some of President Donald Trump’s advisers have compared Joe Biden to Jeb Bush, who entered the 2016 as the putative front-runner only to drop out before his home state primary. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

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Trump has peppered aides for updates on Biden’ polling numbers, but his confidants are telling him the Democratic base won’t accept the former vice president’s centrism.


03/15/2019 05:00 AM EDT

President Donald Trump has publicly expressed confidence that he could easily best Joe Biden in a 2020 battle. But behind closed doors, the president has fixated on Biden, while top aides have tried to assure their boss that the former vice president is doomed.

In recent weeks, Trump has peppered aides on more than one occasion for updates on how Biden is faring in early Democratic primary polls — a sign of how seriously Trump takes the potential candidacy. Indeed, Biden has topped several recent battleground state polls, as well as a national survey released Monday, marking him as an early Democratic presidential front-runner.

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Those close to the president have also calmed Trump, though, by insisting that even if Biden would be a strong general election candidate, there’s a considerable chance he won’t make it to the party’s nominating convention next July. Despite the early polling, they’ve argued the increasingly left-leaning Democratic primary electorate won’t settle on a 76-year-old white man already facing renewed scrutiny over his prior record on issues like criminal justice and race.

“The Democratic base is looking for someone newer, fresher,” said a close friend of the president.

During a recent meeting involving Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and senior officials from the White House Office of........

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