Joe Biden plans to call Donald Trump an “existential threat” to the United States during a speech Tuesday in Iowa, according to prepared remarks.
Biden is expected to say Trump poses a threat to decency, America’s standing in the world, and democracy.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed Biden’s comments as “truly laughable” while speaking to reporters Tuesday morning.
“The idea that he would say that the president poses any type of threat is truly laughable, considering he was part of the administration that allowed Russia to interfere in our election,” she said.
Sanders accused the Obama administration of doing little to check China’s expansion and failing to contain Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs, saying Biden has “a lot of explaining to do.”
Asked about Biden's advance text calling @POTUS  "an existential threat," @PressSec  dismisses as "truly laughable" and says Obama-Biden policies toward Iran, North Korea and China, give Biden "a lot of explaining to do." Not sure if @POTUS  will fire back while in Iowa. pic.twitter.com/LtjVZn39dv 
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 11, 2019 
Trump has repeatedly railed against Biden, a sign he views him as a potential threat in the 2020 race even as he and his aides have publicly downplayed the former vice president’s clout.
The two politicians will be in the key battleground state together for the first time in the election cycle.
Biden plans to use his Iowa speech to criticize Trump’s tariff threats toward Mexico and China and failing to address climate change.
Trump is delivering remarks at an ethanol facility and speaking to an Iowa Republican Party dinner.