Donald Trump freaked out in a meeting at the White House earlier this month because he was increasingly criticized for being physically or mentally unable to become president.
According to the Washington Post, "the cabinet meeting in early June was intended as a general update of President Trump's re-election campaign, but the president had other issues in mind."
During the meeting, Trump talked about how well he did on a cognitive test two years ago, and even suggested challenging former Vice President Joe Biden to do the same test.
According to the report, Trump bragged about editing certain sections of the test, including a part in which he had to repeat five words in order.
More from the Washington Post:
Trump had completed a cognitive screening test as part of his physical exam in 2018, and now, more than two years later, did the 10-minute test. According to two people who are familiar with his comments, he has thought about how he blinded the Proctors with his outstanding performance. He walked through the room of about two dozen White House officials and was re-elected through some of the questions that he said he had answered, e.g.
At that time, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment – which included animal images and other simple queries to identify mild cognitive impairments such as dementia – was supposed to suppress Trump's mental fitness issues. But when he remembered it, Trump said he thought the alleged democratic candidate Joe Biden would never be able to pass him, and suggested challenging him to test, said those familiar with Trump's comments who spoke on condition of anonymity, share private details.
The apparent non-sequitur was part of Trump's growing concern over the past few weeks about the perception of his mental and physical health, at a time when critics mocked him for episodes saying that he was frail or confused. The attacks Trump had previously launched against Biden – the former vice president's dismissal as "Sleepy Joe", who was hiding and weakened in his basement – set him back when opponents took Trump's own wrong steps to raise concerns.
The meeting reported by The Post took place before Trump went down a ramp after addressing West Point.
During his poorly attended weekend Tulsa rally, the President made it clear that he is still obsessed with the perception of his mental and physical fitness.
The country now needs a president
As Trump spends his days worrying about what cable news says about his health, the country gets stuck in several crises.
From the outbreak of the corona virus to the economic downturn to widespread protests against systemic racism, the United States is experiencing one of the most turbulent times in history. A strong, competent leader is more important than ever.
Unfortunately, Donald Trump is more obsessed with looking tough on television than actually being the leader.
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Sean Colarossi currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizational fellow for both President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood in 2014 as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act, helping residents in northeastern Ohio take out health insurance.