Trump Apparently Couldn’t ‘Keep A Straight Thought’ In Key Meeting, Journalist Says

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Journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin shared in recent days a potentially damaging (for Trump) update on a gathering between the ex-president as he seeks a return to power and business leaders.

“I spoke to a number of CEOs who, I would say, walked into the meeting being Trump supporter-ish, or thinking that they might be leaning that direction, who said that he was remarkably meandering, could not keep a straight thought, was all over the map, which may be not surprising but was interesting to me because these were people who I think might have been actually predisposed to him and actually walked out of the room less predisposed to him, actually,” Sorkin said on the air on CNBC in a clip highlighted by, among others, Biden campaign staffer James Singer.

The reporting from Sorkin was followed up relatively quickly by a similar perspective from journalist Ramin Setoodeh, who was discussing his own past interactions with Trump and alleged that the former president appeared to have suffered from “severe” memory problems. Setoodeh was on “Morning Joe,” the highly watched MSNBC program.

“Donald Trump had severe memory issues. As the journalist who spent the most time with him, I have to say — he couldn’t remember things. He couldn’t even remember me. We spent an hour together in 2021 in May, and then a few months later, I went back to Trump Tower to talk to him about his time in the White House,” said Setoodeh, who is releasing a new book on Trump. And at the time, Setoodeh claims that Trump indicated he didn’t recall their earlier interactions.

Trump also faced questions about his competence over a string of reports from his recently concluded criminal trial in New York City that indicated he appeared to be sleeping in the courtroom as the proceedings continued. (Trump denied he was sleeping.) Him attending in the first place was required because of the trial’s criminal nature.