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Biden doc said last year prez ‘understands what’s going on,’ cognitive test not ‘warranted,’ White House says

WASHINGTON – President Biden’s doctor said last year that he believes Biden “understands what’s going on” and doesn’t need cognitive tests “because of who he is as president.” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday.

Jean-Pierre told reporters that the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, had asked Robert Hurley about Biden after his annual medical exam in February 2023, when questions swirled about the 81-year-old president’s mental health. He said he made this comment to her several months before the special counsel’s report. On Thursday, the mishandling of classified records added fuel to the widespread public perception that Mr. Biden is in mental decline.

“I mean, I’m not a doctor, so I’m certainly not going to stand here and give an opinion on testing and things like that,” the spokesperson said at a regular briefing.

“All I can say is…I remember when the president’s physical exam results came in last year, when he asked about the cognitive tests, when I spoke to the president’s personal physician. And it had been over a year. “I’m paraphrasing this because at this point, the president’s day-to-day actions, his dealings with world leaders, the domestic issues he has to deal with, it’s clear that he’s very proactive and understands what’s going on.” It is shown that ”

O’Connor said, “Given him as president of the United States and everything he has to deal with, I didn’t think such a test was warranted,” Jean-Pierre said. .

“But again, I am not a doctor,” the spokesperson concluded.

In a departure from historical tradition, O’Connor has never been allowed to answer questions from reporters about Biden’s health.

Jean-Pierre said Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley should not face criminal charges against Biden after Ho’s report said “the president should not face criminal charges because Mr. Biden is likely to appear in court.” He had complied with a request that he undergo a “mental competency” test. Just as he did when we interviewed him, he spoke to the jury as a sympathetic, well-meaning older man with a poor memory. ”

During five hours of questioning on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, Hoar said, Biden “didn’t remember when he was vice president, and on the first day of the interview, he didn’t even mention when his term ended.” (‘If it was 2013, when did you do it?’),” he wrote. Quit being vice president? ”), and forgot about the second day of the interview when his term began (“2009, Am I Still the Vice President?”). ”

The report added that Biden “could not remember when his son Beau died, even within a few years.” [in May 2015]. And his memory was hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate, which was once so important to him. Among other things, he mistakenly said he had a “disagreement” with General Carl Eikenberry, when in reality Mr. Ikenberry was an ally whom Mr. Biden cited approvingly at Thanksgiving. [2009] Memo to President Obama. ”

At a hastily scheduled press conference Thursday night, Biden lashed out at his own mental acuity, insisting, “My memory is fine!” And he said, “I know what the hell I’m doing!”

Vice President Kamala Harris, who would succeed Biden if he is forced to resign due to health issues, and several other White House officials said Friday that the Hamas terrorists attacked Biden while he was in office. He stressed that he was dealing with the aftermath of the October 7 surprise attack on Israel. We’ll answer your questions from the Hur team.

“His mind was on other things,” said Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House Office of Counsel.

It is not clear whether Mr. Biden requested a rescheduling of the press conference in response to the Hamas attack or why such a request was not made given the commander-in-chief’s apparent stress.

But Mr. Xu’s report comes after a series of errors by Mr. Biden, including three statements in the past week that confused the leaders of Germany and France with his deceased predecessor. Following his rant against Biden on Thursday night, he mistakenly referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi as the president of Mexico.

A leading Democratic operative told The Post Friday that the president’s deteriorating mental health is making it “realistic” that Harris will have to take over from Biden at some point. But they doubt that possibility will change the makeup of the Democratic Party. Democratic Party ticket in 2024.

Former President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican nomination to face Biden in November, claimed Biden was mentally “shot” and unsuccessfully campaigned for a second term in 2020. Huo’s decision not to prosecute Biden’s case “showed duality,” he said. -Graduated justice system. ”

Trump, 77, is 3 years and 7 months younger than Biden and faces 40 criminal charges and up to 450 years in prison after leaving office in 2021 for allegedly mishandling classified information. His trial is scheduled to begin on May 20 in the south. Florida.

Polls have repeatedly shown that the public is concerned about Biden’s perceived status.

What the November New York Times poll revealed 71% of swing state voters Thirty-nine percent of respondents said that Biden is “too old to be an effective president,” compared to 39% who said the same about Trump.

A Wall Street Journal poll released in September found that 73% of registered voters think Biden is too old, compared to just 47% who think the same about Trump.

and, Washington Post ABC News Poll A June poll found that 32% of voters believe Biden has the mental fortitude necessary to become president, while 54% think the same about Trump.

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