Biden addresses Trump's assessment for the first time


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Washington – President Biden made his first public comments about the conviction of former President Donald Trump in a case involving a “hush money” payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, which claimed it reaffirmed the “American principle that no one is above the law.”

In a speech from the White House on Friday, Mr Biden criticized his 2024 rival's response to the guilty verdict. Trump has claimed the trial was “grossly unfair” and “rigged.”

“For someone to say this is 'rigged' just because they don't like the verdict is reckless, dangerous and irresponsible,” Biden said. “Our legal system has been around for almost 250 years and is literally the cornerstone of America. Our legal system must be respected. And we should never allow anyone to tear it down. It's that simple. That's America. That's who we are, and we always will be, God willing.”

The jury in New York returned a verdict on Thursday, ruling that Trump illegally falsified business records to… Payment of $130,000 made in the days before the 2016 election to Daniels to silence her account of a sexual encounter with him. Trump has denied sleeping with Daniels. He was convicted of 34 crimes.

Mr. Biden noted that the charges were state charges, not federal charges, after Trump and his allies falsely accused him and the Justice Department of orchestrating the trial.

“Now he has an opportunity, as he should, to appeal that decision, just like everyone else has that opportunity,” Mr. Biden said.

Trump, the first former president to be convicted of a crime, said Friday that he “going to fightand appeal the conviction.

The president's comments about Trump preceded his comments on an Israeli ceasefire proposal.

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