Former US Vice President Joe Biden spoke by telephone with then French President Francois Hollande and discussed President Trump’s decisions on free trade, North Korea and other key issues, his spokesperson said.
Biden spoke by telephone to Hollande on the first day of his visit to France on Friday. He is set to hold talks with Hollande on Saturday.
Senior Republican leaders and Democrats separately welcomed Biden’s current role as a force on Congress as a lobbyist for health care reform.
If an independent presidential bid is never announced, he would certainly have a platform to run in 2020, the most likely Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, herself a former vice president. Biden’s wide support makes him a natural candidate.
The former vice president already holds wide name recognition. He first served in the White House as a senator, worked to bring peace to Northern Ireland and ran for the US presidency, losing to Barack Obama in 2008.
Biden said during his visit to Ireland that the key for young people is “getting into government, getting into the public service and getting involved in what’s going on.”
Biden and US President Donald Trump did not exchange gifts with each other. They also did not have a face-to-face meeting.
“I love him (Biden) and we’ll always have a special bond,” Trump said.