Polls conducted this week by Reuters/Ipsos about a general election matchup showed 44 percent of registered voters saying they would back Mr Biden in the November 3 vote, while 40 percent said they would support Mr Trump.
I don’t believe the polls. I believe the people of this country are smart.
The US President, a fierce critic of Mr Biden’s decades-long record as a senator and as President Barack Obama’s vice president, responded by tweeting: “FAKE POLLING, just like 2016 (but worse)!”
More critical for Mr Trump, a recent poll by Reuters/Ipsos of the three key battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania gave Mr Biden a 45 percent to 39 percent edge.
Mr Trump’s victories in those states in the 2016 election helped propel him to the White House.
Mr Trump said: “I don’t believe the polls. I believe the people of this country are smart. And I don’t think that they will put a man in who’s incompetent.
“And I don’t mean incompetent because of a condition that he’s got now. I mean he’s incompetent for 30 years.
“Everything he ever did was bad. His foreign policy was a disaster”.
Sources within the Trump camp said he had closely questioned his campaign manager Brad Parscale and other political advisers after they showed him the poll numbers.
But in an earlier tweet, he insisted Mr Parscale had his full support.
He said: “Actually, he is doing a great job. I never shouted at him (been with me for years, including the 2016 win), & have no intention to do so.”
Mr Trump said he did not expect the election to be a referendum on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic which has so far claimed the lives of more than 60,000 Americans.
He said: “No, I don’t think so. I think it’s a referendum on a lot of things.
“I think it’s going to be a referendum on all the things we’ve done and certainly this will be a part of it, but we’ve done a great job.”
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The President has sought to stir up discord in Democratic Party ranks about Senator Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential race and endorsed Mr Biden earlier this month.
He has suggested that if fellow progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren had dropped out of the Democratic contest earlier, Mr Sanders would have prevailed over Mr Biden.
Mr Trump said: “He should never have won the primary, ever in a million years, because those votes were taken away.
“They were taken away from Bernie Sanders. And I think I’m going to get a lot of Bernie Sanders voters.”
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