US NewsBiden blames jet lag for stumbles in crucial Trump debate

Biden blames jet lag for stumbles in crucial Trump debate

"I almost fell asleep." Biden explains the disastrous debate
"I almost fell asleep." Biden explains the disastrous debate
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10:49 AM EDT, July 3, 2024

President Joe Biden claims that during the debate with Donald Trump, he "almost fell asleep" and blames fatigue from jet lag for his poor performance. This was due to recent international travel he had undertaken.

The debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump occurred on Thursday at 9 p.m. local time (9 p.m. Eastern Time). The discussion lasted 90 minutes with two commercial breaks and was held in a studio without an audience. Candidates were not allowed to use prepared notes or props, having only a piece of paper and a pen at their disposal. They had two minutes to answer a question and one for a potential rebuttal.

It was not the best day for the president of the USA. During the debate held last Thursday, Joe Biden often seemed lost, stuttered, confused millions with billions, spoke quietly and sometimes incomprehensibly, occasionally didn't finish sentences, and stared blankly into space.

After a few days, Joe Biden admitted that the debate against Donald Trump did not go well.

It wasn't my best evening, but I have only myself to blame. I decided to travel around the world a few times, crossing about 100 time zones before the debate. I didn't listen to my staff, came back, and almost fell asleep. It's not an excuse but an explanation - said Biden.

Joe Biden made two separate trips to France and Italy within two weeks. On June 15, he flew overnight from the G7 summit in Bari, Italy, to attend a fundraiser with former President Barack Obama in Los Angeles. The next day, he returned to Washington.

Is candidate replacement an option?

The 81-year-old president has not yet secured the Democratic Party nomination for the November 5 elections. He won the primaries, but the candidate will be nominated by the national committee, which will meet from August 19-22 in Chicago.

Among Democrats, unofficial voices already suggest the need to replace the candidate due to the incumbent president's age and declining physical fitness.

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