Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to make his first public appearance since a handful of women came forward to say his affectionate behavior had made them uneasy in the past.
The crowd, which was mostly male, erupted in laughter. Biden has pledged to be more "mindful" about respecting personal space. But he stopped short of apologizing.
But the Delaware Democrat´s rollout might have been clouded by revelations from multiple women over the past week that Biden had touched them inappropriately or made them feel uncomfortable. Biden said. "Everyone knows I like kids better than people". I'm not sorry for anything that I have ever done. "And I hate they way things have changed over the past 15-20 years".
Sources close to Biden told Reuters this week that the flap over his history of hugging and touching members of the public at political events has not deterred an expected White House bid.
The enduring controversy underscores the challenge the 76-year-old career politician faces should he run. President Trump, who has been accused by more than a dozen women of inappropriate sexual contact, defended his tweet of a parody of the video showing Biden being approached from behind by a second Biden who rubs his shoulders.
Trump, despite saying he was unworried about a Biden challenge, posted what appeared to be a goading tweet just as the former vice president stopped talking, suggesting he might have been watching.
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Mr Barclay tweeted on Friday: "With a very real deadline looming, now is not the time to rerun old arguments". May relies on DUP votes to get her legislation passed after she lost her parliamentary majority.
"I don´t see Joe Biden as a threat", Trump told reporters Friday.
Trump also said that he did not view Biden "as a threat", adding "I think he's only a threat to himself".
Asked why he was waiting to announce his presidential run, Mr. Biden said that, if he was running, it was always his plan to be "the last person to announce".
"This country was not built by Wall Street banks, and CEOs and hedge fund managers", he said. He then turned to IBEW president Lonnie Stephenson, who was standing off stage, and mimed a hug.
Pressed by a reporter whether he was a "good messenger" for criticism of Trump on his treatment of women, the president said he was.