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White House defends Biden’s fitness amid doubts

The White House defends Biden’s mental fitness amid controversy

The White House has been embroiled in a heated debate over Joe Biden’s mental fitness, with the US president defiantly standing his ground against doubts from within his own party. Amid questions about his ability to lead, Mr. Biden, 81, has come out swinging, challenging his critics and reassuring anxious Democrats that he is not going anywhere.

The scrutiny of Mr. Biden’s mental acuity intensified after a lackluster debate performance against Donald Trump, leading to concerns about his readiness to host a summit for Nato leaders in Washington this week. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre vehemently denied rumors that the president was being treated for Parkinson’s disease, dismissing speculations about his health.

Despite calls from some Democratic lawmakers urging Mr. Biden to step aside, others like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have voiced their support for him, insisting that he is the party’s nominee and will continue in the race. The president himself has acknowledged his debate missteps but remains resolute in his determination to win the White House, dismissing any suggestions of bowing out.

Amidst the internal debate within the Democratic Party, thoughts have floated about a possible replacement for Mr. Biden, with Vice-President Kamala Harris emerging as a potential contender. In the face of criticism from Trump and pressure from within his own party, Mr. Biden remains steadfast in his pursuit of the Presidency, vowing to fight on despite the challenges.

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