Donald Trump challenges Nikki Haley for mental test


Repeating his claim for the ability test, Donald Trump says he had aced two of such tests

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Rochester Opera House on January 21, 2024, in Rochester, New Hampshire. — AFP

Former US President Donald Trump challenged her Republican party contender Nikki Haley for a cognitive ability test saying he would ace it, and “she’s not gonna even come close to winning”, as both are ready to face the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.

While speaking with Fox News during an interview on Monday, he said his score would be higher than Nikki Haley, who has been criticising him for his mental abilities claiming that the business mogul is not fit for the White House.

The former US ambassador to the United Nations Haley had been reiterating the mental abilities evaluation for political leaders aged over 75 during her electoral rallies.

“Well, I think I’m a lot sharper than her. I would do this: I would sit down right now and take an aptitude test and it would be my result against her result and she’s not going to win, not gonna even come close to winning,” the 77-year-old Trump said.

Former UN ambassador and 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley greets voters at a get-out-the-vote campaign stop at T-Bones in Concord, New Hampshire, on January 22, 2024. — AFP
Former UN ambassador and 2024 Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley greets voters at a get-out-the-vote campaign stop at T-Bones in Concord, New Hampshire, on January 22, 2024. — AFP

Repeating his claim for the ability test, the four-time-indicted former president said he had aced two of such tests; one during his time in office and another, he took more recently.

The first-ever criminally charged former president said: “I aced it twice. I aced it. But I would say that, you know, I’ve actually called for a cognitive test for anybody running for president because I actually think that’s a good idea. It’d be nice to have an intelligent person be president.”

Trump has been repeatedly talking about his mental abilities and the test results he took in 2018 with erstwhile White House physician Ronnie Jackson, who said that the former commander-in-chief responded to every question correctly on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.

This test is carried out to ascertain mild cognitive impairment or the early phase of Alzheimer’s disease.

Recently, during the campaigns, Nikki Haley and President Joe Biden have been castigating Trump over his recent remarks, including the one in which he seemed to confuse Haley with former Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week.



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