Donald Trump Said 'Biden' 36 Times at CPAC, While His Successor Looks Ahead

Donald Trump said "Biden" 36 times during his CPAC speech as he aimed criticism at his successor—despite President Joe Biden having largely avoided remarking on the former commander-in-chief since assuming office.

Trump branded Biden's time in office so far as "disastrous," and issued scathing remarks on the new administration's positions on a variety of issues thus far.

Prior to Trump's appearance at CPAC, the White House had indicated that whatever the former president said would not be a focus of its attention.

"We'll see what he says, but our focus is certainly not on what President Trump is saying at CPAC," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week.

Psaki has previously outlined Biden's desire not to focus on matters related to his predecessor.

In February while Trump's Senate impeachment trial was underway, Psaki said Biden was not going to "opine" on this matter. "Joe Biden is the president. He's not a pundit," she said during a press conference.

At a town hall event in February, Biden said he was "tired of talking about Trump." He said: "For four years, all that's been in the news is Trump. The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people. I'm tired of talking about Trump."

Biden also did not mention Trump in his inauguration speech in January, and has not focused on mentioning him directly in subsequent addresses. He similarly avoided mentioning Trump by name in his Democratic National Convention speech last year.

Throughout his speech at CPAC, Trump commented on Biden directly and his administration, stating: "We all knew that the Biden administration was going to be bad, but none of us even imagined just how bad they would be and how far left they would go."

He added: "In one month we have gone from America first to America last."

Trump also criticized adversaries within the GOP, mentioning those who voted to impeach him in the House and those who voted to convict him in the Senate in his second impeachment trial by name.

He also mentioned the prospect of potentially making a future run for office himself, amid speculation of a 2024 run and having been the frontrunner in a straw poll on this subject at the conference, while outlining his intention to back Republican candidates who he deems to be "strong, tough and smart Republican leaders."

Newsweek has contacted the White House and the Office of the Former President for comment.

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This combination of pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows Donald Trump (L) and Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. Biden has avoided discussing Trump since becoming president, though his predecessor has continued to criticize him. Brendan Smialowski/Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images