Trump’s former doctor Ronny Jackson, 53, told reporters on Tuesday that he was convinced Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden does not have the cognitive ability to be commander-in-chief.
I am pretty familiar with what it takes both physically and cognitively to do that job and what the demands of that job are, Jackson who is currently running for Congress as a Republican said on a call organized by the Donald Trump campaign.
As a citizen, not as a candidate running for Congress, but as a citizen of this country. I have watched Biden on the campaign trail and I’m concerned and convinced that he does not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability, to serve as our commander-in-chief and our head of state, he went on.
Doctor Ronny Jackson served in the White House medical unit under George W. Bush and was appointed “Physician” to the President under Barack Obama and President Trump before he was nominated to serve as Secretary of Veteran Affairs in March 2018.
The Navy rear admiral, who famously declared that Donald Trump could live to 200 years old, was forced to withdraw his nomination after “allegations” of misconduct including drinking on the job and over-prescribing drugs charges he vehemently denied.
Jackson insisted that he wasn’t providing a medical assessment on the call and told reporters that he never took care of Joe Biden while he was Obama’s vice president or evaluated him as a “patient”.
I’m not trying to remotely diagnose him with anything, he said. I have not accused him of having Alzheimer’s or anything of that nature.
Jackson said – he was also concerned by the way Joe Biden became visibly frustrated or angry when he got lost mid-sentence.
As a physician, I can tell you that’s a mechanism that folks that are having cognitive “difficulties” used to move on and to get out of a situation, he claimed.
He wasn’t criticizing Biden because of his advanced age and said while some people approaching 100 could still be as sharp as a tack, Biden was not, Jackson said.
He added – this is a demanding job from a cognitive standpoint, you have to be locked on, you have to be articulate, you have to process lots and lots of information and multitask.
And right now he’s having a really extreme time just focusing on the one task at hand that he has when he stands up in front of voters and tries to explain something, Jackson said.
Also on the call was former Trump deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland who told reporters:- I’ve known Biden for a long time and he’s a nice man but he’s not a strong man.
McFarland sounded the alarm over what she said would be “national security risks” from a Biden administration, speculating the former veep would not be able to hold his own when negotiating with America’s adversaries abroad.
I don’t see that Vice President Biden either appreciates how the world has changed over the past 10 years with China and its ambitions and its capabilities to stand up to them since he’s so dismissive of China as a threat, she said.