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President Donald Trump applauds new Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House

President Donald Trump applauds new Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House

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President Donald Trump applauds new Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House

President Donald Trump has mocked Joe Biden for mistakenly calling him "George" during a televised campaign event and accused the US media of helping his Democratic rival "get through" interviews.

Mr Biden (77) was speaking at a virtual concert on Sunday night when he stressed that this year's presidential race was "the most consequential election in a long, long time" because of "who I'm running against".

He went on: "Four more years of George, er, George, er, he - we're going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we're going to be in a different world."

Critics have suggested the Democratic candidate may have been confusing the US president with George W Bush, who was in power during Mr Biden's run for office with Barack Obama in 2008.

Others pointed out that Mr Biden was responding to a question by American comedian George Lopez which could have caused him to misspeak in his response.

The verbal slip-up came during an "I will vote" concert that featured artists such as the rapper A$AP Ferg, the Black Eyed Peas, Jon Bon Jovi and Cher and was live-streamed on YouTube.

As Mr Biden spoke, his wife Jill appeared to be trying to prompt him, with some spectators suggesting she was muttering "Trump" under her breath as her husband fumbled his words.

Mr Trump was quick to seize on the gaffe, tweeting: "Joe Biden called me George yesterday. Couldn't remember my name. Got some help from the anchor to get him through the interview. The Fake News Cartel is working overtime to cover it up!"

The president's re-election campaign has repeatedly questioned Mr Biden's fitness to govern, suggesting the 77-year-old's frequent verbal slip-ups are proof he is in cognitive decline.

Mr Trump has given his opponent the nickname "Sleepy Joe" as he doubles down on his suggestion that the Democrat was avoiding the campaign trail to dodge difficult questions from journalists.

However, Mr Trump has also faced questions over his own age and health condition after the 74-year-old was admitted to hospital with coronavirus earlier this month.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden

The president's age and weight put him in the high-risk category of patients battling the virus and led to renewed criticism over the lack of transparency over his health condition.

Mr Trump bragged about his mental fitness during an interview over the summer, claiming he had impressed doctors with his performance on a "cognitive test" which he had taken to silence critics who had questioned his mental acuity.

Earlier on Sunday, Mr Biden, who would be the oldest president yet if elected to the White House, was forced to defend his physical and mental competence for the top job during a CBS 60 Minutes interview.

"All I can say to the American people is: watch me, see what I've done, see what I'm going to do. Look at me. Compare our physical and mental acuity. I'm happy to have that comparison," he told interviewer Norah O'Donnell.

Mr Trump also sat down to speak to 60 Minutes, but stormed out of the interview after claiming he was receiving tougher questions from the programme than Mr Biden.

"I see Joe Biden, given softball after softball. I've seen all of his interviews. He's never been asked a question that's hard," Mr Trump said.

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