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George Stephanopoulos says ‘I don’t think’ Biden can serve 4 more years after ABC interview

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos admitted Tuesday that he does not believe President Biden can serve out a second term — days after conducting a closely watched interview with the commander-in-chief following his disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump last month.

Stephanopoulos, 63, was recorded in a video obtained by TMZ answering a question from a passer-by in Midtown Manhattan about Biden’s political future.

“Do you think Biden should step down?” the anonymous interrogator asked the “Good Morning America” co-host and “This Week” moderator.

An estimated 8.5 million Americans watched Stephanopoulos’ 22-minute post-debate interview with Biden, which aired in full July 5 and was rebroadcast on “This Week” the following Sunday. Getty Images

“You’ve talked to him more than anybody else has lately.”

“I don’t think he can serve four more years,” the soft-spoken Stephanopoulos responded after a pause.

“You don’t think he can serve four more years?” the questioner repeated before adding: “All right, that’s an answer.”

Hours later after the video made headlines, Stephanopoulos expressed regret for offering his candid response.

“Earlier today I responded to a question from a passerby. I shouldn’t have,” the news anchor told Puck News in a statement.

And ABC News, in its own statement to the outlet, added: “George expressed his own point of view and not the position of ABC News.”

An estimated 8.5 million Americans watched at least some of Stephanopoulos’ 22-minute post-debate interview with Biden, 81, which aired in full July 5 and was rebroadcast on “This Week” the following Sunday.

Biden also claimed that his frequent errors were a “bad episode” rather than a sign of permanent deterioration, but declined to submit to a cognitive exam to prove that statement. REUTERS

During the sitdown, Biden failed to quell concerns about his cognitive fitness for the presidency following the June 27 CNN debate against Trump in Atlanta, claiming he had been “exhausted” and “sick” with a “bad cold” before whining that he let supposed cross-talk by Trump, 78, “distract me” — and even forgetting whether he had watched footage of his meltdown.

Biden also claimed that his frequent errors were a “bad episode” rather than a sign of permanent deterioration, but declined to submit to a cognitive exam to prove that statement.

“Look, I have a cognitive test every single day,” Biden told Stephanopoulos, a former White House communications director in the Clinton administration who has worked for ABC News in various capacities since 1997.

“Every day, I’ve had tests. Everything I do. You know, not only am I campaigning, I’m running the world. And that’s not — it sounds like hyperbole, but we are the central nation of the world.”

What to know about the calls for President Biden to drop out of the 2024 race:

Elsewhere in the interview, the president rejected calls to exit the race, saying: “If the Lord Almighty came down and said, ‘Joe, get out of the race,’ I’d get out of the race, but the Lord Almighty’s not coming down.”

In another sound bite that left Democrats particularly aghast, the president indicated that he would be satisfied with a loss to Trump in the Nov. 5 election “as long as I gave it my all and I did as good a job as I know I could do.”

One Democrat close to the White House told The Post at the time that Biden’s performance was “depressing” and said they “felt like I was in an alternative universe.”

“I don’t think he can serve four more years,” the soft-spoken Stephanopoulos responded after a pause. ABC

On Monday, Biden reiterated that he would remain in the race in a letter to congressional Democrats, a phone-in to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and a conference call with big-name donors.

So far, seven House Democrats have publicly called on the president to step aside and make way for a new candidate, likely Vice President Kamala Harris.

Reps for ABC News declined to comment.

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