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Former Presidenthas suggested that a presidential cognitive test "should be mandated" as he took a swipe at the mental acuity of his White House successor.
Presidentunderwent a physical examination on November 19 by his doctor Kevin O'Connor, who declared him fit for duty.
However,Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta said that "as far as we know" , referring to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is a screening test for memory loss and dementia.
Joe Biden, Unlike Trump, Didn't Take Cognitive Test in Annual Exam, Sanjay Gupta Says
Gupta agreed that the president was fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency.Additionally, the president, unlike his immediate predecessor, did not undergo a test of his cognitive abilities, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta said.
During an interview on Tuesday,anchor referred to how the former president's physician Ronny Jackson had said Trump had passed that test.
Hannity then asked Trump if he thought Biden was "showing signs of being cognitively compromised and should he take the test?"
"All I can say is I know President Xi, I know Putin, I know Kim Jong-un," Trump replied with a name drop of the leaders of China, Russia and North Korea whom he had dealt with as president.
"I know all of the leaders of the world, got to know them very well. Many of them I like, although tough cookies. They are all at the top of their game," Trump said.
"We need somebody that's at the top of the game. Maybe it should be mandated that you take a cognitive test or something. You can't have the head of China, the head of Russia, the head of these powerful nations being at the top of their game. Look at what's happening. Look how weak we look.
Biden wishes Americans happy, closer-to-normal Thanksgiving
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions by millions of families — including his own. “As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who have been lost and those who have lost so much,” the president said in a videotaped greeting recorded with first lady Jill Biden at the White House before their trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts, for the holiday. On the island, the Bidens visited the Coast Guard station at Brant Point to meet virtually with U.S.
"You don't think that Russia, China,of North Korea, all these other people that hate us, you don't think they were watching and laughing all the way to the bank?"
Trump then riffed into an assessment that the U.S. standing on the world stage under Biden had been diminished following the withdrawal of, a topic he visited elsewhere in the interview.
Biden turned 79 on Saturday, making him the oldest first-term president in history.
Conservative pundits amp up their criticism of Biden's mental acuity whenever he makes a gaffe. Hannity has repeatedly questioned Biden's faculties, once calling his responses during a CNN Town Hall in July "completely incomprehensible."
While criticism of the current president's cognition is typically the preserve of Biden-bashing news outlets and commentators, question marks over his fitness for office are seeping into the opinions of the wider public.
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, released before Biden's public health report, found that nearly half (48 percent) of respondents were concerned with Biden's cognition.
However, when he was in office, Trump faced a similar level of doubt over his mental abilities.
A Fox News poll in July 2020 found that over half of voters surveyed, or 51 percent, said Trump was not mentally fit to serve as president, compared with 39 percent who thought the same of Biden.
Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.
Biden finally heads to Walter Reed for his first physical TODAY .
President Joe Biden will travel to Walter Reed Friday morning for his first routine annual physical as president, just a day shy of his 79th birthday, the White House announced. 'Later this morning, the President will travel to Walter Reed Medical Center for his routine annual physical. We will provide more details after he arrives at Walter Reed,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement sent out early Friday morning.