By Tim Reid

(Reuters) – Donald Trump stated on Wednesday that his current mixing up of names was intentional.

Throughout a speech final month, Trump confused Nikki Haley, his final remaining rival for the Republican presidential nomination, with former Democratic Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He additionally steered former Democratic President Barack Obama was nonetheless in workplace.

“Once I purposely interposed names, they stated I did not know Pelosi from Nikki,” Trump stated at a rally in South Carolina on Wednesday. He stated calling Obama the present president was sarcasm, not a gaffe.

“I am an incredible speaker,” Trump stated.

The difficulty of age and psychological competence have been thrust to the forefront of the 2024 election marketing campaign after a report final week steered U.S. President Joe Biden, 81, was affected by reminiscence lapses.

In the meantime, Biden allies have pointed to verbal flubs by former President Trump, together with the Haley and Pelosi combine up and the Obama comment.

Trump, the Republican frontrunner for his social gathering’s presidential nomination, is eying a normal election rematch with Biden in November.

Haley, 52, has known as for psychological competency checks for presidential candidates over 75 years outdated, together with Biden and Trump, the 2 oldest males elected to the U.S. presidency.

Some 78% of respondents in a Reuters/Ipsos ballot printed Tuesday – together with 71% of Democrats – suppose Biden is just too outdated to work in authorities. Trump suffers much less from voter skepticism over his age; 53% of respondents take into account him to be too outdated for presidency work.

Biden lately blended up the names of world leaders, together with France’s former president Francois Mitterrand with its present president, Emmanuel Macron.

Particular Counsel Robert Hur, a Republican former U.S. legal professional in Maryland throughout Trump’s administration, stated in his report on Biden’s dealing with of categorised paperwork final week that Biden was a “well-meaning, aged man with a poor reminiscence” who was not capable of recall to investigators when his son, Beau Biden, died.

Biden responded angrily to the report, saying his reminiscence is “high-quality”.

Throughout Wednesday’s rally, Trump additionally insisted that he “loves” the U.S. navy. Haley has attacked him in current days for previous feedback Trump has made disparaging veterans, together with one final week when he mocked her husband, who’s deployed oversees with the Military Nationwide Guard.

Trump is near clinching the Republican nomination after wins in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Haley, who has no clear path to the nomination, is refusing to give up the race, making a possible final stand in her dwelling state of South Carolina in its Feb. 24 major. She trails badly in opinion polls behind Trump there.

(Reporting by Tim Reid; Modifying by Noeleen Walder and Stephen Coates)

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