President Donald Trump rarely holds his fire, hurling accusations true and false.
But when it comes to the sexual assault allegation leveled against Joe Biden, his Democratic rival, the president has been unusually reticent.
Trump didn't publicly address the issue until April 30, more than a month after former Senate staffer Tara Reade alleged on a podcast that Biden sexually assaulted her in a Capitol Hill basement in 1993. Biden has vehemently denied the allegation, saying it never happened.
When Trump has talked about the accusation, he's been tepid.
"I don't know anything about it, Trump first said in response to a reporter's question. I think he should respond. You know ... it could be false accusations. I know all about false accusations. I've been falsely charged numerous times. And there is such a thing."
He offered the same line on Friday during an interview with TV's "Fox & Friends." "Look, he's got to fight that battle. I've had battles, too, where I've had false accusations, many times," he said.
"I've had many false accusations made, I can tell you that maybe it is a false accusation. Frankly, I hope it is, for his sake." Trump's comments highlight the complicated calculus he faces as he tries to weaponise a rival's potential vulnerability when he himself has been accused of assault and unwanted touching by a long list of women allegations he, too, denies.