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    On Tuesday, the former US vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, announced that he had chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket in the November 2020 election against Republican President Donald Trump and his VP, Mike Pence.

    US President Donald Trump on Tuesday during a press conference praised US Vice President Mike Pence, saying that he is “solid as a rock” and has the ability to stand against Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate, Senator Kamala Harris.

    “Well I like Vice President Mike Pence much better [than Sen. Kamala Harris],” Trump told reporters when asked if Harris would help or hurt Biden’s presidential bid. “He is solid as a rock. He’s been a fantastic vice president. He’s done everything you can do. He’s respected by every religious group, whether it’s evangelical, whether it’s any other group, they respect Mike Pence. He’s been a great vice president and I will take him over Kamala”.

    During the press conference, Trump said that he was “a little surprised” by Biden’s selection of Harris and slammed the former 2020 presidential hopeful as being “nasty” and “disrespectful” to the former vice president during primary debates and being “a big tax raiser” who wants to cut “funds for our military”.

    “She was very very nasty, to — one of the reasons that surprised me, she was very — she was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden. She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden, and it's hard to pick somebody that's that disrespectful,” Trump said of the Democratic Senator.

    Netizens reacted on social media, mocking the president’s comparison of Pence to Harris, insisting that the Senator “will chew up Pence and spit out the bones” in the VP debates which are scheduled to take place on 7 October.

     

    At least one Twitterian questioned whether Pence would make it to the election date as VP without being fired in a Trump tweet.

    “Does this mean Pence is getting fired by tweet Friday evening?” the user wondered.

    Users also cited the Trump administration's poor handling of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, as an example of Vice President Pence's "failure", as he is leading the White House's pandemic response task team.

    Early in the day, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Senator Kamala Harris as his VP running mate in the November 2020 vote, because, as he put it, she is a “fearless fighter” and “one of the country's finest public servants”.

    “I need someone working alongside me who is smart, tough, and ready to lead. Kamala is that person. I need someone who understands the pain that so many people in our nation are suffering. Whether they've lost their job, their business, a loved one to this virus,” Biden said about Harris, cited by Axios.

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