Joe Biden’s changing looks have reportedly become a ‘minor obsession of the White House’ and Trump

  • Rumors that former Vice President Joe Biden has had cosmetic surgery aren’t new, and privately, New York magazine reports, President Donald Trump “has marveled” at the procedures he thinks his Democratic rival has had.
  • Specifically, New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi wrote Sunday, a scar near Biden’s ear is rumored to be from a face-lift procedure – one he may have gotten before starting his 2020 campaign.
  • Sources who know Trump personally say he’s largely against plastic surgery, especially procedures he thinks leave the person looking worse.
  • Trump apparently doesn’t think Biden’s supposed procedures did him any favors.
  • Trump has reportedly indicated his fear of Biden has diminished after seeing him on the campaign trail.
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How does President Donald Trump feel about the 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden? Well, for one, he apparently doesn’t like the “work” he thinks he’s had done.

In a New York magazine profile of Biden on his 2020 campaign trail, the reporter Olivia Nuzzi said that behind the former vice president’s ear was supposedly a scar rumored to be from a face-lift. Some cosmetic surgeons told the Washington Examiner in a September article that it was “obvious” Biden had had a procedure and that whoever did it wasn’t careful enough to hide the evidence.

“In the timeline of images from throughout his career, you can observe as he grows older and then younger and then older but somehow more elegant and alert,” Nuzzi wrote in the profile. “His hair is white now but thicker than it was in the 1980s. He’s thinner, but his cheeks are fuller than they were in 2008. To be honest with you, he looks good. He’s almost 77!”

President Donald Trump with former President Barack Obama and Biden after being sworn in as president on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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President Donald Trump with former President Barack Obama and Biden after being sworn in as president on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.
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Apparently, Trump isn’t a fan, according to Nuzzi.

Nuzzi cited sources who know the president personally as saying he doesn’t like plastic surgery (though that may be only for men, as the book “Born Trump” has said he once advised his daughter Ivanka get breast implants to advance her modeling career).

But the president especially doesn’t like when plastic surgery isn’t done well, the article said, and isn’t impressed by what he thinks Biden has had cosmetically altered.

Early in the 2020 race, Trump was widely reported to be worried by Biden’s chances, and he’s publicly suggested he sees him as his biggest rival, predicting in April that the Democratic primary champion would be either Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Now, as the polls tighten between Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Trump is apparently less concerned. Biden has failed to garner any upward momentum, starting off strong as President Barack Obama’s right-hand man but faltering against his more left-leaning opponents like Warren and Sanders.

A senior White House official told New York magazine that Biden was no longer the one Trump was worried about, something the person said had a lot to do with Biden’s “look,” along with what Trump perceives as poor speaking skills and small crowd sizes.

But the race between Trump and Biden is only intensifying – after all, Trump is facing the prospect of impeachment for, in his chief of staff’s own words, trying to bargain with Ukraine to get damaging information on Biden and his son Hunter.