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The early June meeting in the Cabinet Room was intended as a general update on President Trump’s reelection campaign, but the president had other topics on his mind.

Trump had taken a cognitive screening test as part of his 2018 physical, and now, more than two years later, he brought up the 10-minute exam. He waxed on about how he’d dazzled the proctors with his stellar performance, according to two people familiar with his comments. He walked the room of about two dozen White House and reelection officials through some of the questions he said he’d aced, such as being able to repeat five words in order.

 

At the time, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment — which includes animal pictures and other simple queries aimed at detecting mild cognitive impairment such as dementia — was intended to quell questions about Trump’s mental fitness. But in recalling it, Trump said he thought presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden would never be able to pass it and suggested challenging him to take the test, said the people familiar with Trump’s comments, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private details.

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The seeming non sequitur was part of Trump’s growing preoccupation in recent weeks over perceptions of his mental and physical health, at a time when critics have mocked him for episodes in which they say he has appeared frail or confused. The attacks Trump has previously levied against Biden — dismissing the former vice president as “Sleepy Joe,” secreted away in his basement and enfeebled — have boomeranged back on him, as opponents have seized on Trump’s own missteps to raise concerns.

 
 

Another sign of Trump’s unease came Saturday night in Tulsa, when the president devoted more than 14 minutes to regaling a campaign rally crowd with the tale of “the ramp and the water.” Eager to dismiss questions about his fitness after he struggled with a glass of water and walked unsteadily down a ramp following his June 13 commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Trump offered a revisionist history.

The ramp on that sunny day, Trump asserted, was as slippery as “an ice-skating rink.” But he “ran down” it nonetheless, he claimed, despite video evidence showing him shuffling down the incline haltingly. As for the water, Trump said, he used two hands to drink because he didn’t want to spill on his expensive silk tie.

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“Anyway, that’s a long story, but here’s the story,” the president said, finally winding down. “I’ve lived with the ramp and the water since I left West Point.”

He had previously obsessed about the episode to aides in private and during a Wall Street Journal interview, when he brought the incident up unprompted and offered to produce the leather-bottom shoes he had been wearing that day, which he said were “not good” for ramps.

A painted ramp with nonslip strips leading to the stage for President Trump is seen at a commencement ceremony on the parade field, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on June 13. A painted ramp with nonslip strips leading to the stage for President Trump is seen at a commencement ceremony on the parade field, at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., on June 13. (Alex Brandon/AP)

“In the middle of the worst economy in a century and with more than a hundred thousand Americans dead this guy is primarily concerned with not looking weak,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), referring to the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. “And his endless, bottomless insecurity was onstage, in three dimensions, during that storytelling moment, for everyone to see. I’ve seen a lot of crazy things in the last four years but that display of juvenile behavior and self-regard will go in the Trump time capsule.”

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In recent weeks, Trump has fixated on Biden’s physical and mental acuity, aides said, casting about for ways to attack his Democratic rival and stewing over media coverage that he believes makes him look weak or feeble.

Last week, Trump and his campaign team lobbied the presidential debate commission to have four debates, because they believe Biden will look weaker and will make more mistakes than Trump on the debate stage.

The president has encouraged advisers to attack Biden over his mental acuity, White House officials said, but some worry that doing so too aggressively could backfire and hurt him among senior citizens.

“For someone so obsessed with appearing strong, Donald Trump shows us every day just how weak he is,” Biden press secretary TJ Ducklo said in a statement Monday. “ … Donald Trump doesn’t care about the health or economic prosperity of the American people. He only cares about himself.”

Trump is attuned to any portrayal of him as weak. He was furious earlier this month after news leaked that he and his family were rushed to a secure underground bunker as protesters converged on the White House in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in Minneapolis police custody. He initially falsely claimed that he had simply visited the bunker to inspect it.

President Trump walks across the stage as he speaks about walking down a ramp at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point during a campaign rally at the BOK Center Saturday in Tulsa. President Trump walks across the stage as he speaks about walking down a ramp at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point during a campaign rally at the BOK Center Saturday in Tulsa. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Trump has also refused to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic, despite his own government’s guidelines, and has regularly suggested that Biden and others who wear them are showing weakness or fear.

 

Flying to Tulsa on Air Force One Saturday, the president was fuming to aides about the small crowd size of his rally — about 6,000 people in a 19,000-seat arena — another form of weakness in his mind.

Trump’s critics have seized on his agita, taking every opportunity to needle him publicly. Last week, the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican group, launched a new 45-second ad that begins, “Something’s wrong with Donald Trump.”

“He’s shaky, weak, trouble speaking, trouble walking,” the narrator continues as grainy images flash by, including of Trump at West Point. “The most powerful office in the world needs more than a weak, unfit, shaky president.”

 

Less than 24-hours after the Tulsa rally, the group pushed out another video, mocking his smaller-than-expected turnout, and hitting similar themes: “Sad, weak, low-energy,” says the narrator. “Just like your presidency, just like you.”

Mike Murphy, a vocal Trump critic who is now a strategic adviser to Republican Voters Against Trump, said Trump’s obsession with never seeming weak belies a deeper insecurity, making this particular line of attack particularly devastating.

“And now the strong guy — the strength image — is melting and we found out how weak and needy he is,” Murphy said. “If it’s ‘Sleepy Joe,’ we have ‘Weak, Needy Donald’ and that is his kryptonite.”

 

The Trump campaign, meanwhile, has been running a similar playbook against Biden. The campaign released an ad last week called “Fortitude” that mocked some of Biden’s missteps.

“Joe Biden is slipping . . . Biden is clearly diminished,” the narrator says, against the backdrop of Biden seeming to stumble through remarks. “Joe Biden does not have the strength, the stamina and mental fortitude required to lead this country.”

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Matthews rejected the idea that Trump shares any of the physical or mental weaknesses that he accuses Biden of possessing.

“I challenge anyone who absurdly questions this president’s health to spend one day trying to keep up with his rigorous schedule,” Matthews said in an email statement. “This president never stops — whether it’s working early in the morning or late into the evening.”

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden adjusts his mask during a roundtable on economic reopening with community members, on June 11 in Philadelphia. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden adjusts his mask during a roundtable on economic reopening with community members, on June 11 in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Doug Heye, a Republican strategist, said the challenge for the Trump team now is that they “always put themselves into this everything is the biggest ever, the greatest ever” box, making it difficult for Trump to countenance even the slight hint of weakness on his part. “What we’re seeing over the past few weeks is really the issue of what gets under his skin.”

 

Heye said that while he didn’t think the initial coverage of the West Point ramp or water drinking was particularly problematic, the president clearly did. “He has been rattled by the reaction to it, and it’s because it speaks to that issue of strength,” Heye said.

Reaching under his lectern in Tulsa during his reenactment episode Saturday, the president pulled out a glass of water and brought it to his lips with one hand, raising it to the crowd between sips as if toasting an achievement. Then he tossed it away to his side as his supporters roared with delight.

“Trump! Trump!” the crowd chanted in response. “Four more years! Four more years!”

 

 


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Ironic considering that we all know Joe Biden is knock, knock, knocking on Hell's door.


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1 hour ago, SackMan518 said:

Ironic considering that we all know Joe Biden is knock, knock, knocking on Hell's door.

These people are just BEGGING for Trump to die.

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Nothing wrong with my boy Trump.  Firing on all cylinders.  Biden?  LOL.  Four cans short of a six-pack.  Just the truth.  Dementia is not good for the noggin.

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13 minutes ago, Thebowflexbody said:

Nothing wrong with my boy Trump.  Firing on all cylinders.  Biden?  LOL.  Four cans short of a six-pack.  Just the truth.  Dementia is not good for the noggin.

Say what you will about Trump, like him or not, but he is the most publicly active President we have ever had.

And if you are constantly in the public eye, wouldn't you be physically off a time or two?

Point is, these people want Trump dead so bad that it's disgusting.

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2 hours ago, LIBills said:

Say what you will about Trump, like him or not, but he is the most publicly active President we have ever had.

And if you are constantly in the public eye, wouldn't you be physically off a time or two?

Point is, these people want Trump dead so bad that it's disgusting.

Yeah Trump was very publicly active golfing and campaigning instead of doing his job to save lives against the pandemic.

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1 minute ago, junglesouljah said:

Yeah Trump was very publicly active golfing and campaigning instead of doing his job to save lives against the pandemic.

Yep #orangemanbad.

Got it.

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Just now, LIBills said:

Yep #orangemanbad.

Got it.

Trump is a fucking idiot who called the corona virus a ,"hoax"

 


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The new Lincoln Project ad is good at exposing Trumpl

 

 


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This Lincoln Project ad is also good. Shows how as golfing and doing campaign rallies instead of doing his job as President to minimize the impact of Corona virus.

 

 


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3 hours ago, LIBills said:

These people are just BEGGING for Trump to die.

God is getting prayer-bombed as we speak. They’re praying for a Stauffenberg in trumps inner circle.

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Mental health, compared to Biden?

 

Really?

The debates are gonna be awesome. No script for Hair Sniffer. 

 

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1 hour ago, junglesouljah said:

This Lincoln Project ad is also good. Shows how as golfing and doing campaign rallies instead of doing his job as President to minimize the impact of Corona virus.

I love "Where was Trump? On Twitter, as usual


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1 hour ago, DeRokerij said:

Mental health, compared to Biden?

Really?

The debates are gonna be awesome. No script for Hair Sniffer. 

Do you guys even hear anything Trump says?? Do you just close your eyes to the masses of posts out there exposing how stupid Trump is?? Or do you think 3 miles of wall on the Mexican border is going to stop Covid, like he does?

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A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

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3 miles? We're over 200 at least.

 

Trump touts more than 200 miles of new border wall in Arizona visit

 

President Trump on Tuesday traveled to Arizona for a roundtable on border security and touted the completion of more than 200 miles of what he called an impenetrable “border wall system” to keep out illegal immigrants.

“We’re on pace to complete 450 miles by end of year, 500 miles almost immediately after,” he told border patrol, law enforcement and elected officials, including Gov. Doug Ducey, during the event in Yuma.

Trump called the more than 200 miles — which replaced existing fencing, much of it dilapidated — the “most powerful and most comprehensive wall anywhere in the world,” alluding to sensors and other technology, and asserting that one would need “an extraordinarily long ladder” to climb over.

“My administration has done more than anyone in history to secure our southern border,” he added.

He also slammed the Obama administration and Democrats claiming both favor “caravans” of immigrants and “open borders,” and said the wall, particularly in California, “prevented a coronavirus catastrophe on our southern border,” which he said would otherwise have been a “global epicenter” of virus transmission.

Trump was accompanied by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, who called the wall system an “undeniable impediment to smugglers, traffickers and other criminals who have exploited our lack of effective border infrastructure to smuggle drugs, illicit goods and engage in human trafficking.”

Others in attendance included GOP Sen. Martha McSally, Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko and several federal and local law enforcement officials. Trump concluded his remarks by reviving a familiar phrase before the entourage left to view a portion of the newly installed wall.

“Two things that have never changed, a wall and a wheel. We’re going to always have wheels, and we’ll always have walls,” the president said.

Following his border wall visit on Tuesday, Trump will head to Phoenix to speak at a Students for Trump convention sponsored by the group Turing Point USA at Dream City Church.

 


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24 minutes ago, SackMan518 said:

3 miles? We're over 200 at least.

Trump touts more than 200 miles of new border wall in Arizona visit

President Trump on Tuesday traveled to Arizona for a roundtable on border security and touted the completion of more than 200 miles of what he called an impenetrable “border wall system” to keep out illegal immigrants.

“We’re on pace to complete 450 miles by end of year, 500 miles almost immediately after,” he told border patrol, law enforcement and elected officials, including Gov. Doug Ducey, during the event in Yuma.

Trump called the more than 200 miles — which replaced existing fencing, much of it dilapidated — the “most powerful and most comprehensive wall anywhere in the world,” alluding to sensors and other technology, and asserting that one would need “an extraordinarily long ladder” to climb over.

“My administration has done more than anyone in history to secure our southern border,” he added.

He also slammed the Obama administration and Democrats claiming both favor “caravans” of immigrants and “open borders,” and said the wall, particularly in California, “prevented a coronavirus catastrophe on our southern border,” which he said would otherwise have been a “global epicenter” of virus transmission.

Trump was accompanied by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, who called the wall system an “undeniable impediment to smugglers, traffickers and other criminals who have exploited our lack of effective border infrastructure to smuggle drugs, illicit goods and engage in human trafficking.”

Others in attendance included GOP Sen. Martha McSally, Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko and several federal and local law enforcement officials. Trump concluded his remarks by reviving a familiar phrase before the entourage left to view a portion of the newly installed wall.

“Two things that have never changed, a wall and a wheel. We’re going to always have wheels, and we’ll always have walls,” the president said.

Following his border wall visit on Tuesday, Trump will head to Phoenix to speak at a Students for Trump convention sponsored by the group Turing Point USA at Dream City Church.

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18 hours ago, HipKat said:

Do you guys even hear anything Trump says?? Do you just close your eyes to the masses of posts out there exposing how stupid Trump is?? Or do you think 3 miles of wall on the Mexican border is going to stop Covid, like he does?

Trump has a history of saying stupid statements.

Trump wanted to nuke a hurricane.

Trump wanted people to inject disinfectant.

Trump wants to slow down testing during a pandemic.

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17 minutes ago, junglesouljah said:

Trump has a history of saying stupid statements.

Trump wanted to nuke a hurricane.

Trump wanted people to inject disinfectant.

Trump wants to slow down testing during a pandemic.

I'd bet Trump would smoke you in a foot race.  :classic_biggrin::goal:

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That's really grasping at straws. I saw it, I saw what he said, he was making light of the situation, just something thats reaching to try and find anything to bash him over. I'm not a fan but wow the media really is reaching for shit 

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7 hours ago, Thebowflexbody said:

I'd bet Trump would smoke you in a foot race.  :classic_biggrin::goal:

LOL, I could beat Trump in a foot race running backward after drinking 2 pints in a row.

Trump has trouble walking down a ramp.


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4 minutes ago, Baldat28 said:

That's really grasping at straws. I saw it, I saw what he said, he was making light of the situation, just something thats reaching to try and find anything to bash him over. I'm not a fan but wow the media really is reaching for shit 

The Tulsa crowd cheered when Trump drank a glass of water with 1 hand, the bar is set very low with Trump.

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6 hours ago, Baldat28 said:

That's really grasping at straws. I saw it, I saw what he said, he was making light of the situation, just something thats reaching to try and find anything to bash him over. I'm not a fan but wow the media really is reaching for shit 

Yeah, until he admitted he wasn't joking - several times. Again, I have to ask, what the FUCK is wrong with you people? Or probably FOX News didn't show the clips of him admitting that he wasn't joking because that wouldn't fit the agenda.

How come whenever Trump says something offense and off the wall, he's "joking" but when I do it, it's not "joking"?


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A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

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