Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden told reporters he did not know where he was before a speech Tuesday in Wilmington, Del.
“Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to Kingswood Community Center,” Biden said, before freezing for a few seconds. “Actually, that’s the one down where I used to work. That’s a joke. I didn’t know where we were.”
After appearing to refer to notes, he correctly identified the location as the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center. Biden, 77, said the late Anderson, whose name he had just forgotten, was a friend of his.
The former vice president has frequently taken flak from President Donald Trump and his allies for seeming to suffer from cognitive decline. Trump has faced questions from reporters about his own mental stability, and he responded by touting his performance on a cognitive test.
Biden took questions from reporters following the speech, after his campaign came under fire for previously restricting press access to the candidate.
Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace criticized Biden for refusing an interview opportunity after Trump sat down for an interview with Wallace.
“You can like [the president’s] answers or dislike them but he had answers and Joe Biden hasn’t faced that kind of scrutiny, hasn’t faced that kind of exposure,” Wallace said.