Biden adviser Mitch Landrieu sparred with Kristen Welker on “Meet the Press” Sunday, as the president faces growing concerns from his own party and media pundits about his mental acuity.
Landrieu defended Biden after special counsel Robert Hur's damning report cast doubt on the president's mental acuity and included details that Biden could not remember the date of his son Beau's death, among other important events in his life.
“I can testify because I have been working very closely with this president for the last two years,” Landrieu said.
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“I've known him for 30 years,” he continued. “I've met with him personally, with two people, five people, 10 people, I've been on trips with him across the country rebuilding America based on this incredible infrastructure bill that was passed, and I tell this guy It's tough. He's smart. He's on his game and as Secretary Mayorkas said a minute ago, when you go to brief the president you better have your big boy pants on and this feeling that he's not ready for this job is a bucket of nonsense. So deep your boots would get stuck.”
Landrieu also strongly objected to Welker's claims that Biden, while not accused of criminal mishandling of documents, was considered reckless with classified materials in office.
“Well, wait, Kristen, wait,” he told Welker. “No, no, no, no, you can't. No, no, no, I'm not going to accept that premise. In an investigation, a special prosecutor determines, based on the facts and the law, whether someone involved in acts criminals.”
“He is the only special prosecutor who has been involved in this type of activity who had to say he couldn't charge someone. And that's a fact. And that's the big takeaway from this report, from a legal perspective,” he said. Landrieu.
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Landrieu also responded directly to the detail in Hur's report that Biden couldn't remember the date his son Beau died.
“Your swoon over whether or not the president remembered the year his son died and is therefore unfit to be president is really sad, low and unnecessary,” he said.
Landreiu defended Biden for refusing to do an interview for the Super Bowl because Americans are more interested in the game itself.
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“I think people really want to watch the Super Bowl tonight and think about football. They don't want to listen to a politician, so I think they made the right decision at this time,” he said.