The former president has accused his opponent of badly damaging America’s reputation

Joe Biden has squandered America’s reputation on the world stage, his Republican rival Donald Trump has said during the first presidential debate on Thursday.

Trump tore into Biden early in the debate, accusing Biden of wrecking the US economy, triggering the migration crisis at the border and “going after his political opponent.”

He also argued that Biden mishandled the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Such policy failures damage America’s global brand, he argued.

“Throughout the entire world, we are no longer respected as a country,” Trump said during the debate hosted by CNN. “They don’t respect our leadership, they don’t respect the United States anymore… We’ve become like a third-world nation.”

Biden defended his record as president by insisting that Trump responded poorly to the Covid-19 pandemic and that his tax reform only “benefited the wealthy.”


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“The economy collapsed, there were no jobs. The unemployment rose to 15%,” Biden said of his opponent’s term in office. Trump had left the country “in chaos,” he added, arguing that his administration has been successfully rebuilding the economy.

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