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Trump: Biden Has "Obligation" To Take Cognitive Test, "We Can't Have Somebody That's Not 100%"

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President Donald Trump touts how he performed on a cognitive test and said former Vice President Joe Biden should be "obligated" to perform one to show people he is "sharp." Trump said he received "extra points" on the test in an interview with FOX News medical contributor Marc Siegel.

"Now, Joe should take that test, because something's going on," Trump said. "And I say this with respect. I mean, it's going to probably happen to all of us, right? You know, it's going to happen. But we can't take a chance of it happening. When you're dealing with Russia, when you're -- and there's nobody been tougher to Russia than me, nobody been tougher to China than me. I can tell you right now, they would love to see Joe Biden, instead of Trump.

"Honestly, he should take the test," Trump said. "In a way, he has an obligation to, because you have to be able to show this country that the person that we're picking as leader is sharp, because we're dealing with people that want to do very bad things to us, if they had the chance. And you have to be sharper than them."


"So, in a certain way, Joe Biden has an obligation to take a test like that one or something else," Trump added.

"The first questions are very easy. The last questions are much more difficult, like a memory question. It's like, you will go person, woman, man, camera, TV. So, they say, could you repeat that? So, I said, yes. So, it's person, woman, man, camera, TV. OK, that's very good," Trump explained the test.

"If you get it in order, you get extra points," the president continued. "OK, now he's asking you other questions, other questions. And then 10 minutes, 15, 20 minutes later, they say, remember the first question, not the first, but the 10th question? Give us that again. Can you do that again? And you go, person, woman, man, camera TV."

"If you get it in order, you get extra points," Trump added.

"It's not that easy," he explained. "There were other questions tougher than what I just did. But it's not that easy."

"But you need stamina, you need physical health, and you need mental health," Trump said. "And because you have so much fake news, every once in a while, you would say, first, they'd say, he wants to take over the world. He's going to take over the world. He's a dictator. The next day, they will say, he's crazy. The next day, they will say, oh, he's incompetent. The next day, they will say something else."

"I do it because I have, like, a good memory, because I'm cognitively there," Trump proclaimed.

"You don't have any non-sharp people that you're dealing with. And we can't have somebody that's not 100 percent," Trump said.

So, the last time I was at the hospital, well, probably a year ago, a little less than a year ago, I asked the doctor. I said: "Is there some kind of a cognitive test that I could take? Because I have been hearing about it, because I want to shut these people up."
 
They're -- they're fake news. They make up stories. I mean, like, I will do an interview with you. You -- I didn't say you can ask me about this, you can't -- I say, ask me anything. I did one with Chris Wallace.
 
He was nice enough to say. He said, I just want to tell the audience there was no question that's off bounds, OK? And he's a tough cookie. And it was a good interview. I liked it. I enjoyed it. And it was good.
 
But I didn't say, you can only ask this. You can only -- we have to be sharp. If you're in the office of the presidency, we have to be sharp.
 
So, they were saying all these different things. It was going all over, whichever stuck. None of it stuck, fortunately. But one of the reasons it didn't is that I took a test. I said to the doctor -- it was Dr. Ronny Jackson -- I said: Is there some kind of a test, an acuity test?
 
And he said: There actually is. And he named it, whatever it might be. And it was 30 or 35 questions. The first questions are very easy. The last questions are much more difficult, like a memory question. It's like, you will go person, woman, man, camera, TV.
 
So, they say, could you repeat that? So, I said, yes. So, it's person, woman, man, camera, TV. OK, that's very good.
 
If you get it in order, you get extra points. If you -- OK, now he's asking you other questions, other questions. And then 10 minutes, 15, 20 minutes later, they say, remember the first question, not the first, but the 10th question? Give us that again. Can you do that again? And you go, person, woman, man, camera TV.
 
If you get it in order, you get extra points.
 
They said, nobody gets it in order. It's actually not that easy. But, for me, it was easy.
 
And that's not an easy question. In other words, they ask you to -- they give you five names, and you have to repeat them. And that's OK. If you repeat them out of order, it's OK, but you know, it's not as good.
 
But then, when you go back, about 20, 25 minutes later, and they say, go back to that question -- they don't tell you this. Go back to that question, and repeat them. Can you do it? And you go, person, woman, man, camera, TV.
 
They say: That's amazing. How did you do that?
 
I do it because I have, like, a good memory, because I'm cognitively there.
 
Now, Joe should take that test, because something's going on. And I say this with respect. I mean, it's going to probably happen to all of us, right? You know, it's going to happen.
 
But we can't take a chance of it happening. When you're dealing with Russia, when you're -- and there's nobody been tougher to Russia than me, nobody been tougher to China than me. I can tell you right now, they would love to see Joe Biden, instead of Trump.
 
We have taken in billions and billions, tens of billions of dollars from China, which they never gave us anything. They had the worst year. Before the plague came in, they had the worst year in their -- just about in their history, 67 years. It was the worst year they had in 67 years, before the plague.
 
And we were doing great. We had the best economy. But we have to have somebody that is sharp. If this person isn't sharp -- because, I can tell you, President Xi is sharp. President Putin is sharp. Erdogan is sharp.
 
You don't have any non-sharp people that you're dealing with. And we can't have somebody that's not 100 percent.
 
So, what I did is, when they announced -- when -- you know, it's a public test. And he said: You know, if you take this test, we may have to reveal that.
 
I said: It's all right. I mean, is it tough? Tell me about it. I never heard of it.
 
And I got a perfect mark. And the doctors were -- they said: Very few people can do that. Very few people get that. You understand.
 
SIEGEL: Yes.
 
TRUMP: It's not that easy. There were other questions tougher than what I just did. But it's not that easy.
 
But, as soon as they announced my score and that test, all the stuff went away about me. Is he competent? Remember, they're talking about 25th Amendment and nonsense.
 
And they said, wow. And even the enemies, they don't say that anymore.
 
But they do say it about Joe Biden. And, honestly, he should take the test. In a way, he has an obligation to, because you have to be able to show this country that the person that we're picking as leader is sharp, because we're dealing with people that want to do very bad things to us, if they had the chance. And you have to be sharper than them.
 
So, in a certain way, Joe Biden has an obligation to take a test like that one or something else.
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