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Author who interviewed Trump gives examples of cognitive problems

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Author who interviewed Trump gives examples of cognitive problems

The author of a new book by Donald Trump, who has spoken out about the former president’s “serious memory problems,” gave some alarming examples on Tuesday.

Ramin Setoodeh, who interviewed Trump six times after he left office in 2021, told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins that there were moments during those sessions when Trump seemed to think he still had some presidential powers.

“There was a day where he told me he had to go up and deal with Afghanistan, even though he clearly didn’t,” he said.

Collins seemed bewildered.

“He told you that while you were interviewing him in Trump Tower, he said he had to go up and cover Afghanistan?” she asked.

“With the quote ‘Afghanistan,’ that’s what he called it,” Setoodeh said.

In another instance, he said Trump told an easily debunked story about his first run for office.

“He confidently told me and stated that Joan Rivers voted for him when he ran for president,” Setoodeh said. “And Joan Rivers died in 2014.”

Trump didn’t appear on a ballot until 2016.

Setoodeh also confirmed that Trump was “meandering and confusing” during interviews, and could not recall having been interviewed by Setoodeh before, despite their multiple conversations.

“He goes from one story to another. He struggles with the chronology of events. He seems very angry that he was disrespected by certain celebrities in the White House. And then he went to a story on ‘The Apprentice,'” he said, adding that these issues make it “very challenging” to interview the former president.

Setoodeh’s book ‘Apprentice in Wonderland’ is published this week.

The Trump campaign has denied the allegations of cognitive problems, saying Trump did not remember Setoodeh because he “a nobody and insignificant‘ and ‘never impressed’.