MIAMI (NEWSnet/AP) — Donald Trump appeared to revel in the spotlight of the campaign trail Tuesday – both for the interest in his vice presidential pick and the party turmoil over President Joe Biden’s re-election effort.

Trump, who was president immediately before Democrat Biden’s term and is the leading Republican candidate in the 2024 election cycle, was in Miami Tuesday, accompanied by Florida Sen. Marc Rubio.

This appearance at one of Trump’s golf courses took place after he spent days spent of playing golf and let Democratic infighting take over the headlines.

Biden has repeatedly insisted he will stay in the election race, with scrutiny having ramped up in the aftermath of his performance during the Biden-Trump televised debate June 27. Democrat lawmakers held a series of closed-door meetings Tuesday to discuss the situation.

During Tuesday’s campaign stop, Trump levered attacks on both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, indulging speculation that she could replace the president as the Democratic nominee this year and alleging, without evidence, that his son Hunter Biden is “running our government” and first lady Jill Biden “is helping.”

Trump, speaking from the 10th hole of the course, challenged Biden to another debate or even a “golf-off.”

But mostly, he rubbed in how the June 27 debate left Biden’s campaign facing a grim prognosis.

“Our victory was so absolute that Joe’s own party now wants him to throw in the towel and surrender the presidency after a single 90-minute performance,” Trump said Tuesday night.

James Singer, a spokesperson for Biden’s campaign, responded to Trump with a series of challenges, saying in a statement: “We’d challenge Donald Trump to create jobs, but he lost 3 million. We’d challenge Donald Trump to stand up to Putin, but he bent the knee to him. We’d challenge Donald Trump to follow the law, but he breaks it.”

Singer also said, “Joe Biden doesn’t have time for Donald Trump’s weird antics — he’s busy leading America and defending the free world.”

Trump then laced into Harris with more specifics than usual for his recent remarks. Trump called her “Laughing Kamala,” and blamed Harris for the White House’s immigration policies.

“Despite all the Democrat panic this week, the truth is, it doesn’t matter who they nominate because we are going to beat any one of them in thundering landslides and this November’s going to be amazing,” he said.

Trump, ever the showman, then repeatedly played into the speculation that he might name Rubio to his ticket.

Rubio, a Miami native and one of the contenders for the vice presidential post, was among the Florida politicians who spoke at the event.

The senator did not openly acknowledge any of the speculation about him joining Trump as a running mate. He instead skewered both Biden and Harris.

Thousands of people attended the rally, despite the impact of a humid summer evening.

Trump’s youngest child, Barron, who recently turned 18, also made his first appearance at one of his father’s political rallies. Trump implored his son to stand, with the young man pumping his fist a few times as Trump said, “Welcome to the scene, Barron.”

Both Biden, 81, and Trump, 78, are at least two decades older than most American presidents have been, even when serving their first term in office. The Pew Research Center said the median age for all U.S. presidents on their first inauguration is 55 years old.

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