Ronny Jackson, White House physician from 2013 to 2018, has said he is “convinced” the Democrat nominee is not mentally fit enough to serve as US President. It followed Donald Trump launching a savage attack on Mr Biden, claiming his challenger suffers from dementia. Mr Jackson recently also praised the current White House staff for “doing a good job” protecting the President from coronavirus.
The former physician made the attacks on Mr Biden during a call to reporters organised by the Trump campaign.
Mr Jackson, who is running as a Republican for Congress this election, said “as a physician” Mr Biden is unfit for office.
He added, according to the New York Post: “I’m pretty familiar with what it takes both physically and cognitively to do that job and what the demands of that job are.
“As a citizen, not as a candidate running for Congress, but as a citizen of this country, I’ve watched Joe Biden on the campaign trail and I am concerned and convinced that he does not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability, to serve as our commander-in-chief and our head of state.”
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Mr Jackson insisted he was not giving a formal diagnosis on Mr Biden during the phone call, and said he did not monitor the former Vice President’s health while he served under President Barack Obama.
He added: “I’m not trying to remotely diagnose him with anything. I’ve not accused him of having Alzheimer’s or anything of that nature.”
But he claimed the Democrats gaffes were different from standard verbal slip ups, and said: “They’re not the typical gaffes.
“He routinely gets in the middle of a thought and then loses his train of thought and then he can’t recalibrate where he’s at.
“He’s actually having a lot of trouble recently articulating words.”
It comes after Mr Biden was criticised for a series of gaffes made to reporters on Monday.
The former Vice President forgot the name of Mitt Romney when recalling the 2012 election.
He said: “I got in trouble when we were running against the senator who was a Mormon – the governor.”
Mr Biden also slipped up the same day when he incorrectly said he was running for Senate.
He said: “That’s why I’m running. I’m running as a proud Democrat for the Senate, when I ran as a proud Democrat for vice president, and I’m running as a proud Democrat for president.”
Mr Trump was brutal in his clap-back to Mr Biden’s gaffes, stating the former Vice President was developing dementia due to his age.
Responding to an article about the Mr Romney gaffe, he said: “Mitt can’t be thrilled about this!
“Joe also said yesterday he’s running for the US Senate (again) and totally forgot where he was (wrong State!).
“Joe has never been a nice or kind guy, so it’s easier to find this obvious & rapidly getting worse ‘dementia’ unacceptable for USA!”
Mr Jackson was nominated for Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 2018 by Mr Trump, but withdrew his candidacy after being accused of misconduct from drinking on the job and overprescribing drugs.
The former physician was criticised before for his remarks on Mr Trump’s health, where he stated if the President had a “healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.”
Mr Jackson also said the White House has protected Mr Trump from coronavirus, despite the President catching the virus earlier this month.
He said on October 9: “I continue to go up there pretty frequently. The testing at the White House is aggressive.
“And that’s part of the reason that this gets picked up so quickly. And I suspect that this got picked up very quickly in the course of this illness for the president.”
This election will see the oldest US President ever take power, with Mr Trump aged 74 and Mr Biden aged 77.