Trump, Biden campaign clash on call for pre-debate ‘drug test’

By Steven Nelson

President Trump on Monday taunted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for effectively refusing his request for a pre-debate drug test.

“Joe Biden just announced that he will not agree to a Drug Test. Gee, I wonder why?” Trump tweeted ahead of his first debate with Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Biden did not directly refuse Trump’s drug test request, but his campaign made clear he would not consent to one ahead of the event in Cleveland.

The former vice president laughed off the idea at a Sunday press conference. “He’s almost … no, I have no comment,” he said with a smile.

Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said later that Biden “intends to deliver his debate answers in words. If the president thinks his best case is made in urine, he can have at it.”

Trump floated the idea last month in an interview with the Washington Examiner, saying he suspected Biden used performance-enhancing drugs to make him more alert when he debated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the final debate of the Democratic primaries.

Trump, 74, often accuses Biden, 77, of being senile and nicknamed him “Sleepy Joe.”

“Somebody said to me, ‘He must be on drugs.’ I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’m asking for a drug test,” Trump said.

Trump also called for Democrat Hillary Clinton to be drug-tested in the 2016 debates.

“It’s no different from the gladiators, except we have to use our brain and our mouth,” Trump told the Examiner.

Trump and Biden also are scheduled to debate on Oct. 15 in Miami, Florida, and Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

https://nypost.com/2020/09/28/trump-biden-campaign-clash-on-call-for-pre-debate-drug-test/?utm_source=knewz

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