Former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday that Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden “does not have the mental capacity” to handle the rigors of the presidency.
“He is not up to the job,” Dr. Jackson told reporters in a conference call organized by President Trump’s reelection campaign. “I’ve watched Joe Biden on the campaign trail and I’m concerned that he does not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability, to serve as our commander-in-chief. He routinely gets lost in the middle of a thought and can’t recalibrate.”
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates dismissed the claims, saying, “I refer you to the first debate.”
Dr. Jackson served as White House physician from 2013 to 2018 for President Barack Obama and Mr. Trump. He was nominated by Mr. Trump for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, but withdrew his nomination under attack about his personal behavior.
The retired rear admiral is now a Republican candidate for a House seat in Texas.