“It’s a complete difference from what he was in 2017,” Mike McCormick, who worked with the former 2017 vice president in 2011, told the Washington Free Beacon. “He’s lost a step and he doesn’t seem to have the same mental acuity as four years ago.”
“He doesn’t have energy, he doesn’t have the speed to speak. He is a different man, ”McCormick said of the 77-year-old Biden in an interview published on Tuesday.
McCormick, whose book “Joe Biden Unauthorized” spent his time in the White House, told the publication that Biden had a talent for clicking with audiences and would often go off-script, something the nominee no longer does.
“He just gotta make a big joke, and go straight from the hip. And note, he’s not doing that anymore. He read that [Democratic National Committee speech] “It’s not there anymore” McBormick said, adding that McCormick now looks “lost” during the interview.
Beacon notes how Biden is clinging so closely to his teleprompter that he reads the signs mentioned in his script aloud.
“In recent interviews, Biden has been reading directly from the teleprompter when answering questions including instructions from his staff, such as ‘END QUOTE’ and ‘TOPLINE MESSAGE’.”
President Trump makes Biden’s mental abilities part of his campaign, knocking his Democratic challenger as someone who fights through speeches and loses his train of thought in interviews.
The president tweeted about Biden on Tuesday morning, noting how he is more active on the campaign trail as elections have begun in key states.
“Great! Biden is finally kicked out of his basement. Now you can see what’s going on ‘up there’. He can do some ‘limited’ campaigning. Basement Biden is no longer playing well in the poll!” “Trump said In posting.
In his book, McCormick describes a joint press conference between Biden and Vladimir Putin when the Russian leader suddenly switched off Biden’s microphone – an incident he said was never reported by the news media .
“[Putin’s] The message, Mecomic wrote, was unmistakable: I am in charge of the room, I am in charge of my country, and I am in charge of the reset. “As you can imagine, the staff of the vice president was angry with the Russians. I was instructed to reflect the transcript on how the vice president was cut off in mid-sentence.”
The official White House transcript of the March 2011 encounter abruptly ends Biden’s remarks.
“There is a reason. Mr. Prime Minister, I am a long time. The first time I was here – the second time I was here, I was meeting President Brezhnev here. We were trying to pass SALT II – “it said.
“He was originally slammed to the body by Putin, actually. I mean, I don’t know how to describe it,” McCormick told Free Beacon. “For me it was like this, here we had experts in great foreign policy and he was just a punk. And Vladimir Putin had no fear or respect for him. ”