Biden roasts ‘sleepy Don’ at White House correspondents’ dinner

US President Joe Biden repeatedly mocked Donald Trump during his speech at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Attending the event for the last time before the upcoming presidential election on November 5, Mr Biden landed a series of gags against his opponent, including a quip that his vice president “actually endorses me” in reference to Mr Trump’s former vice president Mike Pence refusing to back the former president.

Mr Biden opened by labelling Mr Trump, “sleepy Don” after his opponent repeatedly named him “sleepy Joe”.

He also cracked jokes about his own age and that of Mr Trump, saying: “Yes, age is an issue. I’m a grown man, running against a six-year-old.”

But he also warned that we “have to take this serious” – referring to the presidential race.

“Eight years ago we could have written it off as ‘Trump talk’ but not after January 6,” he said, alluding to the storming of the Capitol.

Mr Biden did not, however, mention the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, or the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. But hundreds of protesters were outside the event at the Washington Hilton hotel, shouting “Shame on you” at attendees as they arrived.

Nearly 3,000 celebrities, politicians and journalists attended the dinner, including Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pine and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

Some protesters also lay in the street motionless, condemning Biden for his support of Israel’s military campaign.

More than two dozen journalists in Gaza had written a letter to their counterparts in the US, calling on them to boycott the dinner.

In the letter, the journalists said: “The toll exacted on us for merely fulfilling our journalistic duties is staggering.

“We are subjected to detentions, interrogations, and torture by the Israeli military, all for the ‘crime’ of journalistic integrity.”

Nearly 100 journalists have been killed covering the war in Gaza, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The latest poll by Ipsos Mori suggests Mr Biden and Mr Trump are neck and neck, putting the Republican nominee on 36 per cent and the current president on 34 per cent.

But, of survey respondents “completely certain” to vote in November, 45 per cent said they would support Mr Biden, with 43 per cent saying they would vote for Mr Trump.