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Cornyn defends controversial tweet as not about Biden's competency

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Cornyn is most prolific tweeter in Congress so far in 2021 Schumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel MORE (R-Texas) said a controversial tweet he sent last week was not meant to question President BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE’s competency.

During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Cornyn defended the tweet in an interview with Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' House Republican: Cheney has 'failed' GOP conference Facebook oversight board member on Capitol rioters: Trump was 'egging them on' MORE after the anchor asked him "is that helpful, to be sending out a tweet questioning President Biden's mental faculties?”

Cornyn said the tweet was not meant to question Biden’s acuity. 

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“That tweet was not meant to suggest anything about the president’s competency, physical or mental. I know some people have suggested that,” Cornyn replied. 

Cornyn said suggesting that someone other than Biden was running the government “certainly wasn’t my intention.”

Instead, Cornyn, pointing to Biden’s history of legislative compromise and promises of bipartisanship, said he he was trying to reconcile the president’s rhetoric with his actions in office. “We need the reality to match the rhetoric,” he said.

In the April 12 tweet, Cornyn said the tightly controlled nature of Biden’s public appearances “Invites the question: is he really in charge?” 

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The tweet linked to a story by Politico about Biden's media strategy, and noted he is not on social media as much as former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE, whose nonstop tweeting was a hallmark of his presidency.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiRepublicans attack Biden agenda after disappointing jobs report Biden 'confident' meeting with Putin will take place soon Sinema urges Biden to take 'bold' action at border: 'This is a crisis' MORE dismissed the topic when she was asked about Cornyn's tweet last week.

“Well, I can confirm that the president of the United States does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories.  He spends his time working on behalf of the American people,” Psaki said.