The former White House doctor who gave an enthusiastic report in 2018 on then-President Donald Trump’s cognitive abilities is asking President Joe Biden to take the same test.
US Representative Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, led a group of 14 Republicans who sent Biden a letter Thursday urging him to take a cognitive test and make the results public.
The first-year congressman served as a White House physician under former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump. In 2018, he gave Trump a clean health certificate after an annual physical and cognitive test that came amid questions about Trump’s mental fitness to serve.
At the time, Jackson said it was the first time he knew a sitting president was given a cognitive test, and said Trump was very sharp-minded.
We believe that regardless of gender, age or political party, all presidents should follow the precedent set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate strong mental abilities, Jackson and his Republican colleagues wrote in their June 17 letter to Biden. .
The Trump campaign made Biden’s mental aptitude an important piece of his 2020 campaign. In campaign ads and rallies, Trump sought to paint Biden as mentally incapable of service. His mental aptitude has been a common target of spreading misinformation online.
Biden, 78, is the oldest president in American history.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Biden has been enraged by questions about his mental abilities. Biden’s doctor released a medical report in December 2019 in which he described Biden as healthy, vigorous and fit to successfully carry out the duties of the presidency, according to The Associated Press. NBC News reported that the report did not mention mental deficiencies.
Jackson said in a prepared statement that it is time for Biden to take a cognitive test.
The American people deserve to have absolute confidence in their president, he said in the statement. They deserve to know that they can perform the duties required of the position and they deserve to have full transparency about the state of mind of their top elected leader.
Jackson was elected last year in the 13th congressional district of Texas. Trump nominated Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, to serve as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2018, but withdrew from consideration amid allegations of misconduct, including drinking at work and contributing to an environment. hostile work.
The other 13 Republicans who signed the letter are:
US Representative Bob Gibbs, from Ohio
United States Representative Jeff Duncan, from South Carolina
US Representative Andy Harris of Maryland
US Representative Brian Babin of Texas
United States Representative Jody Hice, from Georgia
United States Representative Claudia Tenney, from New York
United States Representative W. Gregory Steube, from Florida
United States Representative Tom Tiffany, from Wisconsin
US Representative Kat Cammack, from Florida
U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl of Alabama
U.S. Representative Pat Fallon of Texas
US Representative Diana Harsbarger of Tennessee
United States Representative Beth Van Duyne, from Texas