Former Vice President Joe Biden is re-visiting the idea of a summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the president firing FBI Director James Comey.
In an interview Friday on CNN’s State of the Union, Biden said he was an open mind on the idea, but acknowledged that he expected the U.S. president would be taking plenty of heat from members of Congress about the idea.
“I would not oppose it,” Biden said. “I would not say, ‘No, you can’t do that.’”
“It needs to be done in a way that’s not going to give him a chance to play off who is behind what or put the blame on whoever is behind that,” he said.
The former vice president’s comments came days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team released the results of its Trump campaign collusion investigation — a report that suggested the president may have been aware of payments to an ex-Playboy model to stay silent about an alleged affair with the married Republican.
But Biden’s comments may just end up being the proverbial elephant in the room.
Trump said in a tweet Saturday that there is “NO COLLUSION.”
“I looked into his eyes and saw two faces of hate,” he said. “I don’t see any different now than I did then!”
Biden also talked about a host of domestic issues including the NFL protests and the murder of a Las Vegas woman in an Oct. 1 attack that left 58 people dead and more than 800 injured.
On the football protests, Biden said the president was erring in throwing fans under the bus for protesting during the national anthem.
“I’ve been to Ravens games. I’ve been to Patriots games. I understand what’s going on. What you saw earlier this year was the right thing to do. But it’s sort of telegraphing what you’re going to do,” he said.
He added, “The team that has it and continues to lead is the Steelers. And they’re not just promoting free speech, they’re standing for and on and for and for.”