Trump calls for drug tests prior to next debate; White House incredulous

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called for mandatory drug tests ahead of the third, and final, presidential debate Saturday at a New Hampshire rally, saying Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was “pumped up” at the second debate in St. Louis.

“A lot of things are going on, folks,” Trump said. “A lot of things. I think she’s actually getting pumped, you want to know the truth? She’s getting pumped up. She’s getting pumped up for Wednesday.”

Trump said that Clinton started the Oct. 9 town hall-style meeting with energy, but lost momentum over the course of the 90 minutes. News outlets that reported the story have been careful to note Trump does not offer any evidence to support his statements.

Although the suggestion for drug tests is new, Trump has a history of questioning Clinton’s stamina and health history. After it was revealed that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia in September, Trump seized the opportunity to make her health a mainstream issue in the 2016 election.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest not only dismissed the drug test suggestion, but pointed to Trump’s own debate performances.

“So you’re telling me that the candidate who snorted his way through the first two debates is accusing the other candidate of taking drugs?” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. “That’s a curious development in the campaign.”

The final debate takes place on Wednesday in Las Vegas, moderated by Fox News host Chris Wallace.

 

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