Biden 'did NOT take cognitive test' during doctor's visit – after Trump claimed he 'aced' exam while president
PRESIDENT Joe Biden reportedly did not take a cognitive test during his doctor's visit on Friday.
According to a report from the president’s doctor, Biden is “perfectly fit” for his duties.
In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University Sanjay Gupta says the president didn’t undergo a cognitive like former President Donald Trump claims he did.
“I read pretty carefully through the doctor’s report and they mention a neurological exam, but that was more in terms of testing motor strength and sensation and thinks like that,” Gupta said.
“As far as we know, for President Biden, we didn’t see any kind of test like that performed,”
The “cognitive test” refers to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment which Trump took when he was 72. Gupta says the assessment is a screening for dementia.
Trump reportedly passed the test with a 30 out of 30, according to the White House.
Gupta says that many medical professionals have pushed for people to take basic cognitive tests once they’re around 65 years of age.
President Biden turned 79 on Saturday, making him the oldest sitting president in US history.
But despite the concerns, Gupta agreed with a report from Kevin O'Connor, Biden's doctor, that the president was healthy enough to serve.
Biden underwent a colonoscopy on Friday, temporarily passing his presidential powers to Vice President Kamala Harris.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement: "As was the case when President George W. Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia.
"The Vice President will work from her office in the West Wing during this time."
At 11.35am Biden spoke with Harris and Chief of Staff Ronald Klain to take back his power, according to Psaki.
She added that the president was "in good spirits" and that he will remain at the hospital to complete his routine physical.
Trump claimed that the president wouldn't have passed a cognitive test as he did.
In a two-hour interview with Breitbart, Trump said he doesn’t think Biden will run in 2024.
“Biden is not an old man, by the way, but there’s something wrong. But he is not an old man – he’s going to be 79; that is not old.
"I know people that are much older than that, and they’re as sharp as they were 40 years ago. Biden is not an old person."
Biden retorted that being asked to take a cognitive test was offensive and suggested that Trump himself “can’t figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion.”
“No, I haven’t taken a test," a raging Biden told CBS. "Why the hell would I take a test? Come on, man."
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