Former Vice President Joe Biden is seizing on President Donald Trump's willingness to receive damaging information on his political opponents from a foreign government, saying the President is "dead wrong" and casting himself as a presidential alternative in a new video.
Biden, currently the 2020 front-runner in the Democratic field, is depicted sitting behind a desk as he addresses the camera directly in the video -- in a manner familiar to presidents addressing the nation from the Oval Office -- and he also signs a pledge that promised he "would use no disinformation" in his campaign or "tolerate outside interference."
"Donald Trump doesn't think it matters if candidates for the presidency accept damaging information on other opponents from foreign governments. I believe he's dead wrong," Biden says in the video, which was posted on Twitter.
Biden, who earlier this week called Trump an "existential threat to America," has largely trained his campaign's sights on Trump rather than the nearly two dozen other Democrats seeking the party's nomination. A CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll conducted by Selzer and Co. released last week found Biden to be the top choice of likely participants in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Democratic caucuses.
In Friday's video, the former vice president was referring to Trump's comments earlier in the week that he would listen if a foreign government approached him with damaging information about a political rival -- and wouldn't necessarily report the contact to the FBI.
"I think you might want to listen," Trump said in an interview with ABC News that aired on Wednesday. "There isn't anything wrong with listening."
On Thursday, Kayleigh McEnany, a spokeswoman for Trump's 2020 campaign, described to CBS News Trump's comments as a "directive" for the campaign that would be handled on a "case-by-case basis."
The President appeared to walk back the comments in a Friday morning interview with Fox News, saying "of course you have to give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that" if a nefarious foreign power approached him with damaging information about an opponent.
CNN's Kevin Liptak, Caroline Kelly, Nick Neville, Ashley Killough, Clare Foran and Naome Seifu contributed to this report.