The White House called for a press conference.

The White House called for a press conference.
In theory, President Trump summoned television cameras to the hot rose garden early Tuesday evening to announce new measures against China to punish it for its crackdown on Hong Kong. But that was short-lived.

What followed was an hour of a presidential stream of consciousness as Trump drifted randomly from one topic to another, often in the same consecutive sentence. Even for a president who rarely adheres to the text and wanders from thought to thought, it was one of the most terrifying presentations of his presidency.

It affected China, the coronavirus, the Paris climate change agreement, and dilapidated highways. Then China again and military spending, then China again and then the coronavirus again. Economy, energy taxes, trade with Europe, illegal immigration and his friendship with the President of Mexico. Coronavirus again, immigration again, crime in Chicago, the death penalty, return to climate change, education, and historical statues. And more.

He once said, "We could have continued for days," and it seemed plausible.

Sometimes, it was hard to understand what he meant. He seemed to indicate that his presumed Democratic rival, former Vice President Joseph R. He complained that Mr. Biden had "gone largely". (He meant left).

Even for those who regularly follow Mr. Trump and understand his shorthand, it becomes difficult to follow his train of thought.

For example, when discussing cooperation agreements with Central American countries to stop illegal immigration, he said this: "We have great agreements where when Biden and Obama get used to taking out the killers, they'll say don't send them back to our country we don't want them. Well, we should, we don't want them. We won't Now they take them. One day, I will tell you why. One day, I will tell you why. But they take them and take them with pleasure. They used to take them out and they wouldn't even allow the planes to land if they brought them in. They wouldn't let the buses enter their country. They said we don't want them. He said no, but they They entered our country illegally and they are murderers, they are killers in some cases. "

At another point, he laid back Mr. Biden's mental acuity. Trump said, "Let him know the word carbon, because he won't be able to." This has been the subject of his recent speech, implying that Biden has grown up. Just last week, Mr Trump, 74, bragged that he had recently taken a "cognitive test" and "passed", while insisting that Biden, 77, "could not pass" this test.

However, the disjointed monologue may not be the most convincing evidence. On Twitter, his critics quickly compared him so hard that he stormed the Cherry Cabinet. "Trump is a truly sick individual," wrote John Favreau, who was President Barack Obama's chief rhetoric. Rick Wilson, the founder of the Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans, has been described as a "roaming verbal dysentery."

The apparition came on the same day that the president's separate niece, Mary L. Trump, a clinical psychologist, published a pungent book questioning his mental health and affirming that childhood illnesses are now appearing on the world stage. Mr. Trump did not comment on the book, but in the past he rejected such allegations and described himself as a "very stable genius."

The focus of the evening session with journalists took a turn after Mr. Biden received extensive television coverage earlier in the day for his $ 2 trillion climate plan, according to a senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Hong Kong's Home Rule Act, the ostensible reason for its appearance, was treated as a late idea.

In fact, the press conference turned into a campaign speech to replace the speech Trump was due to make at the end of last week in New Hampshire just to scrap amid fears of an oversized presence, citing a possible storm at the rally site. While presidents, as a rule, are not supposed to engage in public campaigns from the White House itself, Mr. Trump has made little effort to disguise his intention as Mr. Biden has been mentioned more than 20 times as he spoke in the Rose Garden.

Most of the time, the president did not pay much attention to the text that he seemed to bring with him, but he eventually read what he claimed was Mr. Biden's campaign agenda but was in fact a misleading compilation compiled by his political advisors.

Trump declared that "Joe Biden's entire career was a gift to the Communist Party of China."

Quote from what he gave, quoted by Mr. Biden. The president said: "He said the idea that China is our competitor is really strange." "It's really strange."

The apparition came on a day when Mr. Trump seemed eager to challenge the agreement, and sometimes the basic facts. During a previous interview with CBS News, he denied that black Americans suffer from police brutality more than white Americans.

When asked why “black Americans” continue to be handled by law enforcement in this country, Trump said: “So are white people. So are white people. What a terrible question to ask. So are eggs. By the way, more eggs. More eggs.”

Statistics show that while U.S. police generally kill more white Americans, people of color kill at higher rates when calculating population differences. A federal study examining the lethal force used by the police from 2009 to 2012 found that the majority of the victims were white, but blacks were 2.8 times more likely to be killed than white people.

In the same interview, Trump dismissed concerns about the Confederate battlefield flag. He said, “It's freedom of expression with me.” Very simple. Like it, I don't like it, it's freedom of speech. "

In response to a question about those who see this as a painful symbol of slavery, he said: "I know people who love Confederate science, and they don't think about slavery."

In a separate interview, with conservative Townhall.com, which was published on Tuesday, Mr. Trump has falsely claimed that a white couple in St. Louis confronted peaceful protesters outside their home with guns were about to be attacked. He said, "They would have been hit hard, and the house was completely looted and might be burned."

The episode's video, which became a flashpoint in the national debate over racial inequality, showed that protesters did not physically threaten the couple.

Mr Trump's Rose Garden appearance had his share of false or misleading statements as well. He again complained that the increased incidence of coronavirus in the United States was already due to an increase in the test. "If we do half of the test, we will have half of the cases," he said. Likewise, he has ignored the death toll of more than 136,000 people by saying that he saved up to three million people by taking the actions he took.

But he was keen to confront Mr. Biden weeks after tracking him with two numbers in the polls, and he blamed the former vice president for everything from crumbling highways to closed factories. "Joe Biden is pushing a platform that will destroy and completely destroy the US economy," said Mr. Trump.

He added, however, that Mr. Biden has so far moved to the left with the "most extreme platform for any major party candidate in American history." He cited Mr. Biden's climate plan to cut carbon emissions for new homes and offices by 2030. "This basically means there are no windows," the president said.

While being announced as a press conference, in reality, Mr. Trump took only a few questions, allocating six minutes of the 63-minute event to respond before suddenly cutting off. But he promised that he had not finished: "We will hold these conferences again."

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