President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he wasn't joking about wanting a drug test for himself and Joe Biden before their first presidential debate on Tuesday.
“No. I’m not joking,” Trump said about the suggestion during a White House press conference. “I’m willing to take a drug test, I think he should too.”
Trump said that in most of the early Democrat primary debates, Biden appeared to be “out of it” but then curiously snapped back before his final primary debate with Senator Bernie Sanders.
Trump said of Biden, “He was okay. I mean, he wasn’t great; he wasn’t terrible; he was okay."
Trump wondered how Biden could have improved so much despite his subpar performances in earlier debates.
“People say he was on performance-enhancing drugs; a lot of people have said that, a lot of people have written that,” Trump said.
When reporters challenged Trump on his sources for making such a claim about potential drug use by Biden, the president replied, “You can check out the internet, you’ll see, plenty of people say it.
"And whether he is or not, doesn’t matter; he can take a test and I can take a test too,” Trump insisted.
President Trump also tweeted about pre-debate drug testing on Sunday.
President Trump has repeatedly wondered whether Biden took some type of drug to help him improve in debates.
Trump said of Biden last week, “Don’t underestimate him, look, he’s been doing this for 47 years."
“You never know," Trump added. "They give him a big fat shot in the a** and he comes out, and for two hours, he’s better than ever before.”