President Trump increasingly is portraying Joseph R. Biden as the most liberal candidate in the presidential race as the former vice president surges past Sen. Bernard Sanders in the campaign for the Democratic nomination.

The president on Friday said Mr. Biden would be a figurehead president controlled by “left-wing” advisers like former Rep. Beto O’Rourke on issues such as gun control.

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“He’s left-wing, and he’s got all people that are left-wing,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. “In many ways, he’s worse than Bernie. Look what he did with guns — he put Beto [O’Rourke] in charge of guns. Beto wants to get rid of guns, right? So that’s a bad stance.”

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