President Joe Biden said Sunday that he will not seek re-election in 2020 and vowed to continue pushing for a “change” in Washington.
“I’m not going to be a bystander to this,” Biden said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I can barely afford to sit in my office, and I don’t think anybody in the United States Congress can afford to do that.”
He added that he doesn’t think he’ll be able to “handle the consequences” of the Trump presidency.
“The country has lost confidence in its institutions, and the institutions have lost confidence that I’m going to hold them accountable for the mistakes that they’ve made,” Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Biden’s comments come as the president continues to defend his administration’s handling of the Russia investigation and the possibility that Trump may fire him over his refusal to endorse the president’s impeachment.
“We are not the Russia deniers that the president says he is,” Biden continued.
“If he thinks we’re not, then I don and I’ll be damned if I’m gonna say anything different.
And I’ll do my very best to do my best to try to hold him accountable for what he did and to try and do things to prevent it from happening again.”
Biden said he has spoken to his family members about the possibility of running for the Senate in 2020, though he declined to name names.
“My kids, I just want them to know, if this is going to come to a head, it’s going to have to come in a very big way,” Biden added.
“And they’re going to make the right decision.”
Biden’s recent remarks have come after he was criticized by his own party for a string of tweets on the Russia probe that focused on the possibility Trump may be ousted.
The vice president said he will continue to focus on his role as commander in chief, but said he’s not going “to be a distraction” for Trump.
“It’s not my role to be in the back of the limousine when he goes around the world to talk to people and get them to do what he wants,” Biden stated.
“There’s nothing I can do to do anything about what he does, but that doesn’t mean I don.
Biden also said that he’s “not the president of the United State,” despite the president having the power to appoint the next president.
“So I have a job to do.
I have the constitutional duty to do it,” Biden noted.
“But I also have the responsibility to say to him: ‘If this is your way of going, you can’t do this.
This is a bad idea.'”