Biden spoke about his long relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, dating back more than a decade when both were vice presidents.
“I’ve had a lot of face-to-face, one-on-one conversations. And we all had a simultaneous interpreter,” Biden said, and then said, “I turned in all my notes.”
“And that’s not a reference to the president, the former president,” he said, drawing even more laughter. “But look, no, it really isn’t.”
Biden has not commented on Trump’s charges.
Despite Biden’s insistence, it appeared to be not just a nod to Trump’s penchant for keeping sensitive documents, but a specific incident.
The Washington Post reported in 2019 that the then-president took the notes from his translator after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and ordered her not to discuss that conversation with other officials.
The newspaper said there were no records of at least five personal meetings between Trump and Putin.