In response to criticism about his apparent confusion between Barack Obama and Joe Biden's names, former US President Donald Trump vehemently defended himself, asserting that he deliberately interchanged the names as a sarcastic gesture. He contended that this was not a sign of cognitive decline, citing successful results from recent physical and cognitive tests.
Trump, aged 77, took to Truth Social to address the accusations, stating, "Whenever I sarcastically insert the name Obama for Biden as an indication that others may actually be having a very big influence in running our Country, Ron DeSanctimonious and his failing campaign apparatus, together with the Democrat’s Radical Left 'Disinformation Machine,' go wild saying that 'Trump doesn’t know the name of our President, (CROOKED!) Joe Biden. He must be cognitively impaired.'"
Trump maintained that he knows both names well, never mixing them up intentionally, and believes that they are contributing to the country's deterioration. He pointed to the results of his recent physical exam, released last week, which included an excellent performance in a cognitive test.
"I just took a cognitive test as part of my Physical Exam, and ACED it," Trump declared. "Also ACED (a perfect score!) one taken while in the White House."
In response to the controversy, he suggested that Biden should undergo a competency exam to explain his stances on various issues, such as immigration, energy, defense, and the Department of Justice.
As Trump faces scrutiny from both his GOP rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Democratic opponent Joe Biden, concerns about his age and competency have surfaced among voters. While polls indicate apprehensions about both candidates, with Trump set to be 81 when leaving the White House and Biden at 85 after the 2024 elections in 2028, there's a growing sentiment among voters, particularly in the 18 to 35 age group, for a younger president in 2024. This factor could potentially influence the election dynamics, giving Biden an advantage if concerns about Trump's age become more pronounced.
(With agency inputs)
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