Donald Trump, 77, says he BACKS cognitive testing for presidents, as concerns over 80 year-old Joe Biden’s worsening gaffes grow
- Donald Trump spoke to NBC News for an interview to be aired on Sunday
- He said he did not support age limits for presidents, but backed mental testing: Biden is among the 5 percent of world leaders who are in their 80s
- If Biden wins, he would be 82 at the beginning of his second term: If Trump wins, he would be 78 − the same age that Biden was when he began his first term
Donald Trump has said he does not support an age limit for running for president – but he does support a mental competency test.
Trump, 77, told NBC News, in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday, that he thought age does not matter, but cognitive function does.
Joe Biden, 80, is the oldest person ever elected president, and his age is worrying many voters across the political spectrum.
If Biden reclaims the White House, he would be 82 years old at the beginning of his second term in January 2025.
If Trump wins, he would be 78 − the same age that Biden was when he began his first term in 2021.
‘I don’t think Biden’s too old,’ he said. ‘But I think he’s incompetent, and that’s a bigger problem.’
Trump said many successful political figures in history were older than him.
‘You know, some of the greatest world leaders have been in their 80s,’ he said.
‘I’m not anywhere very near 80, by the way.’
And he said the 10-minute mental evaluation he took while president, designed to screen for mild cognitive impairment or early dementia, should be compulsory.
‘You know, I took a test two years ago, three years ago,’ he told NBC’s Kristen Welker.
‘And as the doctors said — and it was in front of doctors and a whole big deal at Walter Reed [hospital], which is an incredible place.
‘And I aced it. I get everything right.’
‘I’m all for testing. I frankly think testing would be a good thing.
‘A lot of people say it’s not constitutional to do it. But I would be for testing, to test to make sure everyone’s just fine.
‘But a lot of people say that can’t happen because of the Constitution.’
In March, a Pew report found that most world leaders – 35 percent – are aged in their 60s, with the media age of 62.
Chile has the youngest head of government: Gabriel Boric is 37. Paul Biya of Cameroon is 90 – the only world leader in their 90s.
Roughly a quarter are in their 50s, while 18 percent each are in their 40s or 70s.
Biden is among the 5 percent of leaders who are in their 80s.
Biden and Trump are both out of step with the average American, who is aged 38.
Biden’s age is of more concern to voters than is Trump’s, according to two recent polls.
Both the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal have found that three-quarters of Americans view Biden as too old to be president, yet only about half say the same of Trump.
Biden is not helped by his repeated gaffes.
On Thursday, the White House had to edit a transcript of a speech after he declared he had reduced unemployment among ‘African Americans and Hispanic workers and veterans, you know, the workers without high school diplomas.’
He was supposed to say that he had reduced unemployment among black people, Hispanics, veterans, and those without diplomas.
On Monday, the anniversary of 9/11, he told troops in Alaska that he was in New York the day after the terror attacks.
‘Ground Zero in New York – I remember standing there the next day and looking at the building,’ he said.
Yet Biden was in Washington DC – something he notes in his 2017 autobiography. C-Span footage shows him speaking in Congress on September 12, 2001.