US President Donald Trump has called Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan smart people with a sharp mind.
In an interview with FoxNews on July 22, Trump once again expressed doubts that his opponent in the upcoming elections, Joe Biden, would become a good president if he wins. According to the head of the White House, Biden should take a test to test his intellectual abilities.
Trump stressed that given the qualities of foreign leaders, the president of the United States must be a person with a sharp mind.
“I can say that Xi [Jinping] has a sharp mind, President Putin has a sharp mind, Erdogan has a sharp mind … We cannot have someone who cannot be said about 100%,” he said.
According to Trump, the US deals with those who “can do something very bad” to America, so the president needs to be smart.
He added that he himself had already passed a very difficult test to test his intelligence and did well.
On July 20, former Trump national security adviser John Bolton said that the US president was unable to conduct a dialogue with Putin on an equal footing. According to the former official, Trump is not sufficiently prepared for this.