Former White House doctor Ronny Jackson urges Biden to take a cognitive test

Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, who served as Donald Trump‘s White House physician, has sent President Joe Biden a letter urging him to take a cognitive test to prove he is ‘mentally fit to be commander in chief’.

Jackson has been circulating the letter with House colleagues and has been able to get the signatures of 13 GOP lawmakers.

The letter cites the president’s ‘mental decline and forgetfulness’, notes several of his ‘gaffes’, and urges the White House to publish the test results immediately. 

Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, who served as Donald Trump's White House physician, has sent President Joe Biden a letter urging him to take a cognitive test to prove he is 'mentally fit to be commander in chief

Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, who served as Donald Trump's White House physician, has sent President Joe Biden a letter urging him to take a cognitive test to prove he is 'mentally fit to be commander in chief

Jackson has been circulating the letter with House colleagues and has been able to get the signatures of 13 GOP lawmakers

Jackson has been circulating the letter with House colleagues and has been able to get the signatures of 13 GOP lawmakers

Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson, who served as Donald Trump’s White House physician, has sent President Joe Biden a letter urging him to take a cognitive test to prove he is ‘mentally fit to be commander in chief

It was addressed to the president, his physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor and Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, called on the Biden to share the results with the country. 

‘The American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their president,’ it read. 

‘They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties demanded of the office, and they deserve to have full transparency on the mental state of their highest elected leader. 

‘I would argue that the American people don’t have that confidence in President Biden.’ 

It goes on to list examples of moments of the president’s apparent confusion – forgetting the name of the Defense Secretary, muddling Air Force One with Air Force Two, and apparently forgetting the words to the first line of the Declaration of Independence. 

‘Just everything that has been going on for the last year and a half … [Biden] doesn’t know what’s going on, where he’s at. He’s very confused all the time,’ he said in an interview with The Hill

Jackson was the physician in the Obama and Trump administrations, but has never evaluated Biden.  

On a Trump campaign call in October, he said he was convinced Biden does ‘not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability to serve as our commander in chief and head of state’.

His letter also describes how Trump’s opponents and the media ‘clamored’ for the then president to take a cognitive test.

Trump ‘excelled’ at the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, it continued. 

Trump later described the test, which he said he took to silence critics.  

‘It was 30 or 35 questions. The first questions are very easy,’ he told Fox News.

‘The last questions are much more difficult. Like a memory question

‘It’s like, you’ll go, “Person, woman, man, camera, TV.” 

‘So they say, “Could you repeat that?’ 

‘So I said, “Yeah. So it’s, person, woman, man, camera, TV.” 

‘ OK, that’s very good. If you get it in order, you get extra points.’

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