White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest apparently doesn’t think much of Donald Trump’s suggestion that the GOP nominee and rival Hillary Clinton should submit to drug tests before Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate.
“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? That’s a curious development in the campaign,” Earnest said Monday during a press briefing when asked whether the White House had a response to Trump’s loaded suggestion.
On Saturday, Trump said during a rally in New Hampshire that both he and Clinton should submit to drug testing before their upcoming debate.
“Athletes, they make them take a drug test, right?” he said. “I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate. Why don’t we do that? We should take a drug test, prior. I’m willing to do it.”
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He then hinted at the reason why he thinks Clinton might need to be tested.
“I don’t know what’s going on with her but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning. And at the end it was like, ‘Oh, take me down,’ ” he said, faking a stumble.
Trump’s comments came after he earned widespread attention for frequent sniffing during the first two presidential debates, with some wondering if it could be tied to potential drug use.
Earnest, however, backed away from any suggestion that he was making a similar claim.
When asked at the press briefing, “Are you saying just now that you think that the sniffling or snorting, as you described it, might have been related to — ” he quickly cut off the reporter and replied, “Not at all.”
Instead, he explained that he was just trying to lighten the mood.
“I’m trying to have a little fun,” he said as the group of reporters laughed.
Trump and Clinton face off for the final time on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET, live from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.