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Photos: Mark Makela/Getty Images; Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump suggested Tuesday that some men feel "insulted" by Joe Biden's promise to choose a woman as his running mate, telling Fox Sports Radio that the former vice president has "roped himself into a certain group of people.”

Why it matters: The comments come as Biden's campaign is expected to announce his pick imminently, drawing a close to a slow, deliberative process that has highlighted the fundamental differences between his campaign and Trump's re-election effort.

  • Biden's confidants have told Axios that they believe his choices for vice president have narrowed to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former national security adviser Susan Rice.
  • The vice presidential nominee is slated to speak at the Democratic convention on Wednesday, according to a newly released schedule.

What he's saying: "I would be inclined to go a different route than what he's done," Trump said about Biden's promise to choose a woman. "He roped himself into a certain group of people. Some people would say men are insulted by that and some people would say it is fine."

  • Andrew Bates, the rapid response director for Biden's campaign responded: "Donald Trump is easily threatened. And because of his insulting negligence and erratic, failed leadership, over 5 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus, over 160,000 died, and tens of millions remain jobless."

Between the lines: Biden's VP pick is especially important for Team Trump, advisers told Axios' Jonathan Swan.

  • If Biden's running mate is hard to depict as a wild-eyed radical, it could undercut Trump's strategy of trying to convince voters Biden is an empty vessel to be filled by the policies of the "radical left."

Go deeper: Joe Biden's painstaking path to the VP choice

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Nov 17, 2020 - World

Biden speaks with Israeli leaders Netanyahu and Rivlin

Biden (L) with Netanyahu in 2010. Photo: Baz Ratner-Pool/Getty Images

President-elect Biden spoke on the phone today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin as part of series of congratulatory phone calls with leaders around the world.

The big picture: The order in which these calls are returned by an incoming president is closely watched. Biden called Netanyahu and Rivlin after speaking with the leaders of nine other U.S. allies over the past few days.

Dave Lawler, author of World
Updated Nov 24, 2020 - World

Tracking Biden's first calls to world leaders

Combination images of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: NZ Prime Minister's Office/Instagram/Joe Raedle/Getty Images

One ritual of becoming president-elect is the carousel of congratulatory phone calls with other world leaders.

What to watch: The order in which the calls are returned is watched closely around the world.

15 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Senate Democrats settling on 25% corporate tax rate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The universe of Democratic senators concerned about raising the corporate tax rate to 28% is broader than Sen. Joe Manchin, and the rate will likely land at 25%, parties close to the discussion tell Axios.

Why it matters: While increasing the rate from 21% to 25% would raise about $600 billion over 15 years, it would leave President Biden well short of paying for his proposed $2.25 trillion, eight-year infrastructure package.