White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah joined me this morning:
HH: I am joined now by Raj Shah, deputy press secretary at the White House. Good morning, Raj, great to have you.
RS: Hugh, thanks so much for having me on. Good morning.
HH: Now it is the fact that you have a two hour delay in D.C. today. The government doesn’t have to report for two extra hours. Why are you at your desk when you don’t have to be there until 10?
RS: I practically live at this desk, Hugh, working around the clock to support this President. We’ve got a lot going on today. We’ve got trade actions, we’ve got trying to rally support for this omnibus spending bill. So we’ve got a lot to take care of. And so, you know, talking to you is just the beginning of the day.
HH: All right, let’s get down to the most important thing. Obviously, the President and Joe Biden, I grew up, I’m a child of the 70s. The three fights between Frazier and Ali culminating in the Rumble in the Jungle, I mean, the Thrilla in Manilla in 1975. We’re going to have one or three throwdowns between the President and Joe Biden?
RS: Well look, I think that you know, if Joe Biden wanted to take on this President in the ring, so to speak, he could have in the last election. He could have actually, you know, jumped in and faced him and taken on Hillary Clinton as well and tried to challenge him. He didn’t. He couldn’t, because he, just like Hillary Clinton, would be running on eight years of failed policies that didn’t kick start our economy like you’re seeing right now, that didn’t kind of reorient our foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, in a way that’s actually showing victory against ISIS, and actual pressure on North Korea. So you know, we think that, you know, we’d like to see him at the ballot box. We’d like to see him in the boxing ring. You know, this President obviously can speak for himself and hold his own, but you know, I think that Joe Biden’s rhetoric has been over the top. And I love how the media likes to criticize only this president, but when Joe Biden goes into kind of La La Land, he gets a pass. Well, we’re not going to stand for that.