EXCLUSIVE: Texas Republican Representative Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor for Donald Trump, called on Democrats to follow through on their earlier requests about a president’s cognitive abilities and to have President Joe Biden assessed.
Following speculation about Trump’s mental skills a year after taking office, he agreed to take the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) – a 30-point exam that tests memory impairment.
“The far left and the mainstream media demanded that this be the new normal for whoever is going to run our country and be our commander-in-chief and our head of state,” Jackson said in an interview with Fox News on Saturday. “I’m just saying I agree with them at this point – we have to do it. ”
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Jackson, who administered the test for Trump, explained that the exam is not an IQ test, but rather a standard test for age-related issues, including dementia and cognitive decline.
The White House said last month that Biden was due for his physical exam “later this year” – which, if done before next year, would be completed earlier than his predecessor’s health exams.
Trump and Barack Obama both took their exams early in their sophomore year in the Oval Office.
But Jackson pointed out that the White House has not said whether the cognitive exam will be included in the president’s health exam.
The Texas first-year Republican argued that Trump set a new precedent for a president’s mental assessment – a sentiment shared at one point by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In October 2020, Pelosi introduced a bill that would create a bipartisan commission of health advisers to assess a president’s ability to hold the highest office in the United States.
“This legislation applies to future presidents, but we are reminded of the need to act through the health of the current president,” she told reporters last year. “It is not for us to pass judgment on the president’s well-being. “
Republicans have expressed common concerns regarding Biden.
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“I think he shows every day that something is going on,” Jackson told Fox News. He added, “You don’t have to be a doctor to look at this behavior and see that something of concern is going on. “
Jackson pointed to an increase in instances where the president appears “confused.”
“You can go back – it’s forty years of recording this man – he’s always made blunders and stuff but these are different, he’s confused, he’s disoriented,” the congressman continued. from Texas.
“We all know people who are 100 years old, who are basically as sharp as a point, and we know people who are in their mid-sixties and have cognitive difficulties… and I think he’s on that end of the line. spectrum.
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“He’s just not aging gracefully at this point,” added Jackson.
“I’m just asking them, when you do the physical exam, include the cognitive assessment,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, the previous standard has been set and they have to follow and do the same. “
Fox News was unable to immediately contact the White House for comment.