White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed Monday that Joe Biden will not receive a cognitive test during his upcoming physical exam, despite increasing concerns about the 81-year-old’s mental faculties.
“I’m just gonna say what Dr. O’Connor said to me about a year ago when [Biden’s physical] was released,” Jean-Pierre responded when asked if the notion of Biden’s taking a cognitive test was a legitimate idea. “The president proves every day how he operates and how he thinks, by dealing with world leaders, by making difficult decisions on behalf of the American people — whether it’s domestic or it’s national security,” Jean-Pierre said.
In the year since Biden’s last physical, however, several stories have emerged that seriously call into question both Biden’s memory and general cognitive abilities.
Last week, Special Counsel Robert Hur released a report following an investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents. The report recommended against charging Biden with a crime, describing him as an “elderly man with a poor memory.” Hur also revealed that Biden could not remember the date of his son Beau’s death nor when he was Vice President. The same week, Biden told a crowd that he spoke with deceased French President François Mitterrand and deceased German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the G7 Summit. Immediately following the release of Hur’s report, Biden also appeared to imply that Mexico borders Gaza.
A recent poll found that nearly nine out of 10 Americans believe Biden is too old to serve a second term as President.
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