Rep. Ronnie Jackson, R-Texas, the former White House physician who served under portions of Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump, said the 44th Oval Office occupant sent him a scathing email recently after he questioned President Joe Biden’s mental fitness.
But that said, the doctor-turned-lawmaker says he is standing by his assessment that the current Oval Office occupant is not mentally fit enough to serve as the leader of the free world.
Jackson, a retired Navy doctor and former White House doctor for Obama and former presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump, said in a podcast with fellow Republican Rep. Jim Banks that only 20 minutes after he tweeted about Biden’s recent mental mistakes, Obama pinged him.
“He just tore me up,” Jackson said. “An entire page about how disappointed he was in me and how it’s beneath me as a physician and beneath me as an officer in the military to be attacking Joe Biden like this.
“And it was a betrayal of the trust that he and his administration put in me and he was so disappointed in me,” Jackson continued.
But Jackson maintains that the 78-year-old Biden, the oldest president ever to hold the office, is beyond his mental fitness years.
“All I know is that he’s got age-related cognitive decline,” Jackson said. “He is not mentally fit right now. He’s 78 years old and you can see it.
“You don’t need to be a physician to look at him and to look at his behavior and some of the other stuff, just the way he shuffles away, stares off into space,” Jackson continued.
“I know what that job entails, both physically and mentally, and how demanding it is,” he added.
“And I can tell you right now, I’m 100% sure that Joe Biden is incapable of doing that job,” he added.
Biden has not released a medical evaluation report since 2019 and his administration has refused to directly answer questions about his health, according to the Daily Mail.
In 2018, Jackson was widely criticized by the mainstream media while he was serving in Trump’s administration when, after adminstering him a cognitive test, he held a press conference in which he hailed Trump’s “incredible genes” and said “there is no question he is in excellent range” when it comes to his cardiac health, the Daily Mail noted further.
“He has incredibly good genes, and it’s just the way God made him,” Jackson said at the press conference. “I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years he might live to be 200 years old,” adding that Trump had a perfect score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.