Biden’s Private Meeting With Obama Reveals Fears Over Trump’s Political Strength

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - JULY 15: Former US President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at the Turning Point Action conference as he continues his 2024 presidential campaign on July 15, 2023 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Trump spoke at the event held in the Palm Beach County Convention Center. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)/People in the crowd cheer as Former US President Donald Trump walks on stage during a "Save America" rally campaigning in support of Republican candidates in Anchorage, Alaska on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
(L) Former President Donald Trump. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (R) Trump supporters at a rally. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

OAN’s Noah Herring
3:25 PM – Thursday, August 3, 2023

During a private lunch with President Biden earlier this summer, Barack Obama voiced concerns that former President Donald Trump poses a bigger political threat than Democrat officials realize. 


At the private lunch with Biden in June, the 44th president told Biden not to underestimate Trump and pledged to do anything he can to support Biden’s re-election bid, according to Washington Post’s White House reporter Tyler Pager, who spoke with two people that attended the meeting.

According to the individuals familiar with the meeting, Obama, “voiced concern about Donald Trump’s political strengths — including an intensely loyal following, a Trump-friendly conservative media ecosystem and a polarized country — underlining his worry that Trump could be a more formidable candidate than many Democrats realize.”

According to Pager, Obama “promised to do all he could to help the president get reelected,” which was a gesture that was welcomed by the White House at the time. 

Aides of the former president say that Obama will “reprise his playbook from recent elections.”

When questioned about the discreet lunch, senior Obama adviser Eric Schultz declined to comment, although he did confirm, “Obama will tailor his campaign activity to maximize its effect.”

“President Biden is grateful for his unwavering support, and looks forward to once again campaigning side-by-side with President Obama to win in 2024 and finish the job for the American people,” TJ Ducklo, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said in a statement.

The lunch meeting was reportedly a regular “catch up” meeting, where they discuss a “range of political, policy, and personal matters, including updates about their families.” 

Even though Trump’s skyrocketing poll numbers and lead over the Republican party were a major topic, “The White House said there was no specific agenda for the June 27 meeting,” according to Pager. 

Obama will reportedly start fundraising for Biden this fall, according to those familiar with Obama’s campaign plans. 

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