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Joe Biden is seen as Donald Trump’s largest rival within the Democratic race for the 2020 presidential election nomination

Because the race for the 2020 presidential election gathers tempo, the bitter confrontation between US President Donald Trump and his important political rival Joe Biden is predicted to escalate.

Seen because the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Mr Biden has been the principle goal of Mr Trump’s verbal broadsides to date.

However some insults, it appears, go too far, even for President Trump.

On Sunday Mr Trump tweeted a uncommon, albeit backhanded, defence of Mr Biden in response to a vicious verbal assault by North Korea.

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The shocking tweet was addressed to “Mr Chairman”, an obvious reference to North Korea’s chief Kim Jong-un.

Within the tweet, Mr Trump mentioned though Mr Biden was “sleepy and really sluggish”, he was “not a rabid canine”, as North Korea had known as him.

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Mr. Chairman, Joe Biden could also be Sleepy and Very Sluggish, however he’s not a “rabid canine.” He’s really considerably higher than that, however I’m the one one who can get you the place it’s a must to be. It’s best to act shortly, get the deal finished. See you quickly!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019

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The president’s feedback have been included in a retweet of a conservative commentator’s publish about North Korea’s assault on Mr Biden.

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North Korea had lambasted Mr Biden for having the “temerity to dare slander the dignity” of its chief, Mr Kim.

“Rabid canine like Biden can damage numerous individuals if they’re allowed to run about,” a press release, carried North Korea’s official KCNA information company, mentioned on Thursday. “They should be overwhelmed to loss of life with a stick.”

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It’s not clear what drew the ire of North Korea, although Mr Biden has been crucial of the Trump-Kim summits this yr and final.

In response to the North Korean jibe, Mr Biden mentioned he noticed such insults “as a badge of honour”.

In distinction, Mr Trump’s relationship with Mr Kim has been extra amicable as he seeks to persuade North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons via summitry moderately than threats.

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Mr Trump has lavished Mr Kim with compliments, describing him as “very sharp” and a “actual chief”.

Mr Biden, alternatively, has often been on the receiving finish of Mr Trump’s jibes.

The impeachment inquiry, which centres on whether or not Mr Trump withheld army support from Ukraine in change for an investigation into Mr Biden and his son, has intensified their long-running feud.