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Trump says he'd have no problem beating former VP Joe Biden in 2020

President Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington July 18, 2018. (Al Drago/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Thursday, July 19, that running against Joe Biden in 2020 would be "a dream," claiming that Barack Obama "took him out of the garbage heap" to make him his running mate in 2008.

Trump was asked about potential challengers during a segment of a CBS interview that was recorded Wednesday. He said he is confident he can defeat any of the "seven or eight" most frequently mentioned possibilities but singled out the former vice president for scorn.

"I dream about Biden. That's a dream," Trump said.

Biden, a former senator from Delaware, unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008, both times dropping out after poor showings.

That was evidence, Trump said, that Biden could never accomplish anything on his own.

"President Obama took him out of the garbage heap, and everyone was surprised he did," Trump said.

Biden considered a third presidential run in 2016 but decided against it, saying his family was still recovering from the death of his son, Beau, from brain cancer.

Earlier this week, Biden said he would make a decision about a 2020 presidential bid by January.

"I know I have to make up my mind and I have to do it by January," Biden said at a forum in Bogota, Colombia.

This article was written by John Wagner, a reporter for The Washington Post.