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Video: Trump roasts Nikki Haley over mental fitness

President Donald J. Trump and then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley arrive Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where they participated in the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead/Released)
January 23, 2024

Former President Donald Trump said he is cognitively “a lot sharper” than former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Monday after Trump’s GOP presidential rival questioned his age and cognitive ability.

Asked by Fox News host Martha MacCallum about Haley’s recent remarks concerning Trump’s age, the 77-year-old Republican frontrunner said, “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 gonna win, not gonna even come close to winning.”

Trump emphasized that he has previously taken two cognitive tests, one with Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), who previously served as the chief medical advisor to the president under Trump’s administration, and a more recent cognitive test with his personal physician, Dr. Bruce A. Aronwald.

“I aced it twice,” Trump said. “But I would say that I’ve actually called for a cognitive test for anybody running for president, cause I actually think that’s a good idea. It would be nice to have an intelligent person be president.”

Trump’s comments come as Haley has recently criticized his age and suggested that he is not “mentally fit” for the presidency. According to The Associated Press, Haley questioned Trump’s mental fitness at a recent campaign event in Keene, New Hampshire, after the former president mentioned Haley’s name instead of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when discussing the events of January 6, 2021.

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“They’re saying he got confused, that he was talking about something else, he’s talking about Nancy Pelosi,” Haley said. “He mentioned me multiple times in that scenario. The concern I have is — I’m not saying anything derogatory — but when you’re dealing with the pressures of the presidency, we can’t have someone else that we question whether they’re mentally fit to do this. We can’t.”