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Biden Was Barely Able to Speak Before Debate With Trump - Reports

© AP Photo / Morry GashPresident Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally
President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.07.2024
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden could hardly speak two days before the unsuccessful debate with former US leader Donald Trump due to a strong cold and exhaustion, Politico has reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.
On Friday, Biden said in an interview with ABC News that he was sick and felt terrible during the debate.
On June 25, Biden woke up with a cold, held a brief rehearsal of the debate with his staff, and then rested all day, Politico reported on Friday, citing five sources. His COVID-19 tests reportedly came back negative. The next day, aides tried to catch up with the debate, with preparations continuing into Thursday morning, the report read. Some aides believe the increased rehearsals further exhausted Biden, the sources told the news website.
US President Joe Biden looks on during a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 3, 2024.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.07.2024
Panicky White House Hits Post-Debate Damage Control Button As 80% of Voters Say Biden 'Too Old'
Biden appeared confused and incoherent throughout his first debate with Republican frontrunner Trump last Thursday, reinforcing rather than refuting ongoing concerns about his cognitive abilities at age 81. His poor performance has led some Democratic politicians, donors, and other supporters to call for his removal as candidate.

The US presidential election is slated for November. The main contenders expected on the ballot are Biden and Trump, who have both won enough delegates' votes to be their respective Democratic and Republican parties' presumptive nominees. Trump and Biden are set to debate again on September 10.

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