In a recent interaction with reporters, President Joe Biden’s response to a pressing query about Sen. Mitch McConnell’s “latest scare tactic” caught the attention of both the media and the public.
Perhaps in jest, Biden said, “I don’t care what Mitch McConnell does.”
He then noted his friendship with McConnell, 81, but seemed confused when a reporter followed up with, “Do you think he’s fit to serve and should run for re-election?”
TrendingPolitics reported “The President responded by turning to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and asking, “Are you running?”
Confusing reporters, the president then walked off the stage.
RTM previously reported that McConnell, for the second time in two months, froze while answering a simple question from a reporter on Wednesday.
The longstanding GOP lawmaker previously froze for about 30 seconds during a news conference alongside other Republican lawmakers on the Hill.
An aide later reported, “While he feels fine, as a prudential measure, the Leader will be consulting a physician prior to his next event.”
Biden has claimed to have a good working relationship with McConnell, but both have voiced concerns about various policy decisions and initiatives.
“I think he’s made a significant number of missteps,” McConnell said of Biden recently.
Such exchanges spotlight the ever-present rift between the two major parties in the U.S. As the Democrats, under Biden’s leadership, push for what they consider progressive policies, the Republicans, with figures like McConnell at the forefront, challenge these proposals, advocating for a more conservative approach.
Further, Biden’s quick dismissal of McConnell’s health scare may be to deflect attention from his own apparent cognitive challenges.
In March, McConnell was hospitalized after a fall during a private dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Washington, D.C. It was later revealed that the injuries were more severe than initially reported, including a concussion and fractured ribs.
The apparent frailty of a number of our senior government officials has prompted many to seek term and age limits and cognitive testing for those over 80 years old.
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