GOP officials, led by former White House doctor, ask Biden to take cognitive test

More than a dozen members of the Republican House, led by former White House doctor Ronny Jackson, on Thursday called on President Biden to undergo a cognitive test and release the results “so the American people know the full mental and intellectual health of its president “.

“The American people should have absolute confidence in their president”, read the letter to Biden in part. “They deserve to know that he or she can serve as head of state and commander-in-chief. They deserve full transparency about the mental capacities of their highest elected leader. “

The letter, which is being copied to White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci and current White House doctor Dr Kevin O’Connor, claims that “Biden’s mental decline and forgetfulness have become more apparent over the past eighteen months ”.

The examples Jackson (R-Texas) cites of Biden’s “mental decline and forgetfulness” include a March incident when the president appeared to forget the name of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

“I want to thank the sec – le, le, ah former general. I still call him general, but my, my – the guy who runs that team over there, ”Biden said on March 8 while announcing the appointment of two female generals to lead the US military fighter commands.

The letter also quotes remarks Biden gave in Texas last February when he visited the state following a deadly winter storm. According to Jackson, Biden “misidentified the time of day and Senator John Cornyn’s title, and you mispronounced Congressman Shelia Jackson Lee’s first name and Congressman Lizzie Fletcher’s maiden name. , Pannill. Then, seemingly forgetting the purpose of your visit, you asked, “What am I doing here?”

Lawmakers are calling for test results to be made public so people can know the "full mental and intellectual health of their President."
Lawmakers are calling for test results to be made public so people can know “the full mental and intellectual health of their president.”
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President Joe Biden visits the Harris County Emergency Operations Center with Texas Governor Greg Abbott in February.
President Joe Biden visits the Harris County Emergency Operations Center with Texas Governor Greg Abbott in February.
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A third example given by Jackson tells of an aborted attempt by Biden to recite the first line of the Declaration of Independence in March 2020, during which he said: “We take these truths for granted. All men and women are created by, you know, you know, the thing.

“Most school-aged children could recite this famous and revered patriotic phrase by heart, but you couldn’t,” writes Jackson.

Jackson, a former Navy admiral who worked in the White House medical unit for more than a decade, first gained national attention in January 2018 when he gave an unusually detailed briefing on the health of then President Donald Trump. Jackson described the 45e president as being in “excellent” health and noted that he had “no concerns” about Trump’s cognitive abilities.

In March of the same year, Trump appointed Jackson as head of the Veterans Administration. Jackson later withdrew his appointment after claiming to have improperly prescribed drugs – especially opioids – to White House staff (which earned him the nickname “Candy Man”), drunk at work, created hostile work environment and got so drunk at a secret service party. that he crashed a car.

In this April 24, 2018 file photo, Ronny Jackson leaves a Senate office building on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Jackson, President Donald Trump's former doctor in the White House and former choice for the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is running for a seat in Congress in Texas.
Ronny Jackson said Americans need trust in the president.
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Representative Claudia Tenney, RN.Y., speaks during the House Foreign Affairs Committee's hearing on the administration's foreign policy priorities on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
NY Rep. Claudia Tenney is among those who signed the letter.
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Jackson, who was elected to Congress in 2020, criticized the claims as “baseless”, “completely false” and “fabricated.” However, a Pentagon surveillance report released earlier this year found that he made “sexual and disparaging” comments about a subordinate, violated alcohol policy on a presidential trip, and took prescription sleeping pills which caused his colleagues to worry about his ability to provide appropriate medical care.

The letter is signed by Jackson and 13 other Republicans, including Representatives Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Jody Hice ( R-Ga.), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), W. Gregory Steube (R-Fla.), Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.), Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), Jerry L. Carl (R- Ala.), Pat Fallon (R-Texas), Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.) And Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas).

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