Trump says Biden has ‘waved a white flag on life’ and is only at 50% mental capacity

PRESIDENT Donald Trump said on Monday that Joe Biden has "waved a white flag on life" – and claimed his rival is at 50 percent mental capacity.

Speaking to reporters in Pennsylvania ahead of his rally, Trump was asked about Biden's comments on the Trump administration "waving a white flag" on the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden made the comments over the weekend after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the US is “not going to control the pandemic.”

The former vice president said: “White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows stunningly admitted this morning that the administration has given up on even trying to control this pandemic, that they’ve given up on their basic duty to protect the American people."

“This wasn’t a slip by Meadows, it was a candid acknowledgment of what President Trump’s strategy has clearly been from the beginning of this crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus would simply go away.

“It hasn’t, and it won’t," Biden said, adding that it was “sadly no surprise”the coronavirus continues to “rage unchecked across the country and even in the White House itself.”

In response, Trump said that Biden was the one waving a flag of surrender on his own life.

“This guy doesn't leave his basement. He is a– he's a pathetic candidate, I will tell you that," the president told reporters.

During his rally in Allentown — one of three events to be held in Pennsylvania on Monday — Trump mocked Biden, claiming he was at "50 percent" mental capacity.

Trump said Biden was 50 percent here" while putting his hand up to his forehead.

The president also mocked his political rival for mistakenly referring to him as former President George W Bush over the weekend.

Biden was speaking at a virtual campaign event on Sunday when he appeared to stumble over his words as he said the Democrat campaign was fighting against "four more years of George."

His wife Jill then appears to quietly correct him under her breath, and Biden went back to saying "Trump."

"Did you see when he called me George?" Trump asked the crowd in Pennsylvania on Monday of Biden.

"I don't know if I like George," he said. "What a mess. He called me George."

Trump said he doesn't know whether he "should be insulted or happy about it," before saying he was "sort of insulted."

He said that's the "first time that's happened to me in a long time."

Nearly 60million Americans have already voted in the Biden-Trump election – surpassing the number of early votes cast in the 2016 election.

The opening of early voting locations in Florida, Texas, and elsewhere has piled millions of new votes on top of the mail-in ballots arriving at election offices.

With just eight days to go until Election Day, voters have been trying to avoid crowded places on November 3 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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