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- White House chief of staff Ron Klain suggested that Biden is delivering on Trump’s unfinished work.
- Klain mocked the former president on Twitter, quipping “Action > talk” in a tweet.
- He shared an AP article listing pledges Trump failed to carry out that Biden is now fulfilling.
White House chief of staff Ron Klain mocked former President Donald Trump, suggesting President Joe Biden is fulfilling promises that Trump did not.
Klain tweeted “Action > talk” on Sunday alongside an article by The Associated Press about Biden delivering on many of Trump’s unfulfilled political promises to the American people.
The article listed commitments from Trump during his time in office, including promises to fix national infrastructure, bulk up American manufacturing and reduce the budget deficit.
—Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) December 18, 2022
AP’s White House reporter Josh Boak wrote: “After two years as president, it’s Joe Biden who is acting on those promises.”
Biden is also tackling China’s dominance over manufacturing computer chips, the AP said, through the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act.
While in power, Trump tried to take on China’s chip-manufacturing industry, but his approach backfired and possibly contributed to the current chip shortage, industry officials previously said, per Reuters.
“I would want to avoid the premise that somehow what Joe Biden has done was take Donald Trump’s ideas and enact them into law,” Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council, told AP.
“What President Biden has done is taken the campaign agenda that he campaigned on and actually delivered on it.”
Trump’s time in office was heavily impeded by the COVID-19 pandemic which swept the world, roiled the global economy, and forced governments around the world to divert their attention to countering the virus.
Trump and other Republicans have drawn radically different conclusions to Klain and the AP on Biden’s emerging presidential record.
Despite the Biden administration touting its actions, the president’s approval ratings have remained far below 50% for more than a year.
Biden’s aides have noted that he is not intentionally honoring promises made by his predecessor, but is rather simply fulfilling his own campaign pledges.
A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.