During a virtual interview on Wednesday, former vice president Joe Biden admitted on NBC that he spoke to a foreign leader two weeks ago, but would not indicate with whom.
He also believes Democrats have “had enough debates”, and wants to focus on the coronavirus crisis instead.
“Bernie Sanders’ campaign said he would debate if there was a debate in April. Do you think there should be another debate in April, and would you participate?” Joe Biden was asked.
“My focus is just dealing with this crisis right now. I haven’t thought about any more debates. I think we’ve had enough debates. I think we should get on with this,” Biden said.
“With regard to speaking to foreign leaders, I haven’t spoken with a foreign leader in the last, probably two weeks,” he admitted.
Asked who was the last foreign leader he spoke with, and if he talked about the coronavirus, Biden responded, “I talked about how it affected their country. But no, I’m not– it was an off the record discussion I had. So I’m not gonna indicate who.” (Continued Below)
As reported by Britannica, the Logan Act is legislation enacted by the United States Congress (1799) that forbids private citizens from engaging in unauthorized correspondence with foreign governments. As amended, the act reads:
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. (Continued Below)
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
Joe Biden’s official remarks:
Joe Biden: “My focus is dealing with this crisis right now… I think we’ve had enough debates." pic.twitter.com/Tv2LmIQupG
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) March 25, 2020
Tom Fitton’s official tweet:
Logan Act? https://t.co/uLwVm3BLo2
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 25, 2020
Joe Biden also implied that the coronavirus crisis provides an “opportunity” to push the Green New Deal.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 25, 2020