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Biden Turns to Direct Attacks on Trump as Midterm Elections Near

  • President had been reluctant to mention predecessor by name
  • Biden accuses Trump of ‘dismissing’ people he pledged to help
President Joe Biden speaks at an event in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 6.
President Joe Biden speaks at an event in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 6.Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Joe Biden accused former President Donald Trump of “dismissing and ignoring the forgotten people he promised to help” in a unusually blunt attack on Wednesday, indicating that the White House may be trying to turn the midterm elections into a referendum on his predecessor.

Biden, at an event in Cleveland, slammed Trump repeatedly during his remarks unveiling new regulations governing assistance intended to bolster multi-employer pension plans. He said the former president kept Republican lawmakers from voting for the legislation that funded the program.