Donald Trump Takes Swing at Joe Biden as Two More Women Accuse Ex-VP of Inappropirate Touching: "Welcome to the World, Joe"

President Donald Trump took aim at former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, joking about the allegations from two women regarding inappropriate "touching" from Biden on two different occasions.

The comments came during a 90-minute speech at the Republican Congressional Committee Dinner, which concluded an hour before The New York Times published a story in which two more women also accused Biden of unwanted touching.

According to The Times, sexual assault survivor Caitlyn Caruso, 22, said Biden placed his hand on her thigh and hugged her "just a little bit too long" during an event on sexual assault when she was 19.

"It doesn't even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that. These are supposed to be people you can trust," Caruso told The Times.

D. J. Hill, the second woman who spoke to the news outlet, said Biden had placed his hand on her shoulder and lowered it to caress her back in 2012 as her husband took a photo of Hill and the then-vice president.

According to Hill, her husband noticed the gesture and stepped in to make a joke.

"Only [Biden] knows his intent," she told The Times, adding that times had changed and while she didn't say anything at the time of the encounter, she said, "if something makes you feel uncomfortable, you have to feel able to say it."

Biden, who is beleived to be preparing to launch a 2020 presidential campaign in the coming weeks, issued a statement on Sunday through a spokesman in which he said he did not believe he had ever behaved inappropriately with Lucy Flores, the first accuser. Flores, a former Nevada lawmaker and supporter of Bernie Sanders, told her story on Friday of a 2014 rally during her campaign for lieutenant governor where the former vice president placed his hands on her shoulders, inhaled the smell of her hair and kissed her on the back of the head.

The second accuser, Lucy Cappo, told the Hartford Courant that Biden had leaned in and brushed his nose against hers, and left her thinking he would lean in to kiss her.

"I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody," Lappos said. "There's absolutely a line of decency. There's a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It's not cultural. It's not affection. It's sexism or misogyny."

Biden has not responded to the accusations from Cappos, Hill or Caruso.

Trump, who has faced his own allegations of inappropriate touching and conduct from women and was caught admitting to kissing and grabbing women by their genitals without their consent before the 2016 election, made reference to Biden and the accusations against him.

"We are going into the war with some socialist. It looks like the only non...sort of heavy socialist...he's being taken care of pretty well by the socialists. They got to him," Trump said. "Our former vice president. I was gonna call him. I don't know him well, but I was gonna say, 'Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe? Are you having a good time?'"

Later in the speech, the president joked about a conversation he had with a general who gave him good news about forcing ISIS out of Syria and Iraq. "I said, 'General, come here. Give me a kiss.' I felt like Joe Biden, but I meant it," Trump said.

Though Biden has been accused by four women, others have come forward to defend him and his actions, including the wife of former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

"After the swearing in, as Ash was giving remarks, he leaned in to tell me 'thank you for letting him do this' and kept his hands on my shoulders as a means of offering his support," Carter wrote in an essay published in Medium. "But a still shot taken from a video—misleadingly extracted from what was a longer moment between close friends—sent out in a snarky tweet—came to be the lasting image of that day."

Nevada Democratic candidate Erin Bilbray also defended Biden, posting on Facebook that a 2014 encounter in which he hugged her and kissed her on the head was "like a father or grandfather (in fact, my father had done the same just minutes before).

"My family considers it one of our greatest memories. I was truly touched by his affection and compassion," Bilbray added. "I think it is important to realize that we all see the world from our own perspective and life experience."

Though no Democrats have said that the accusations against Biden should eliminate him from the presidential race, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and 2020 candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have called for Biden to address the allegations.

"He has to understand in the world that we're in now that people's space is important to them, and what's important is how they receive it and not necessarily how you intended it, Pelosi told Politico.

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Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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