Trump turns 78 — and age is increasingly an issue

June 15, 2024
Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) attends his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments linked to extramarital affairs, at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, on May 21, 2024. — AFP

WEST PALM BEACH, United States: Donald Trump, whose attempt at a White House return is based in large part on attacking President Joe Biden as old and feeble, turned 78 on Friday -- with growing questions over his own mental and physical health.


Whoever wins the November election will set a new age record. At 81, Biden is already the oldest man to hold the office and would continue to be so, while if Trump wins, he would become the oldest ever at an inauguration. Only three years separate the two men.

However, Trump, aided by the right-wing media ecosystem, has carefully built an image of vigor in contrast to an opponent he routinely claims is “sleepy” or even senile.

Whether staging photo-ops with martial arts personalities or performing his trademark short dance at the end of rallies, Trump spares little effort to come across as an energetic showman.