White House Doctor: Trump Did ‘Exceedingly Well’ on Cognitive Exam

By Melanie Arter | January 16, 2018 | 9:54pm EST
White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - White House physician Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters Tuesday that President Donald Trump did “exceedingly well” on his cognitive exam.

Jackson said the president asked him to do a cognitive exam, even though the doctor at first had “no intention of doing one.”

When asked to whether he could assess the president’s mental fitness for office, Jackson said, “Absolutely.  So, many of you may have picked up on the fact that we did do a cognitive assessment as part of the exam. And initially, you know, I had no intention of including the cognitive assessment in this exam because, to be honest with you, per all the guidelines that are out there, it's not indicated at this time.

“A lot of the guidelines would suggest that you do cognitive screening questions, and that, if you have a positive or concerning answer in the screening questions, that then you engage with a cognitive screening tool. So I had no intentions whatsoever doing that, like I said, because I didn't feel it was clinically indicated, and part of the reason I didn't think it was clinically indicated is because I've spent almost every day in the president's presence since January 20 -- or, you know, last year, when he got into office, and I've seen him every day,” the doctor said.

“I'll see him one, two, sometimes three times a day because of the location of my office. We have conversations about many things. Most don't revolve around medical issues at all, but I've gotten to know him pretty well, and I had absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or his neurological functions,” Jackson said.

“The reason that we did the cognitive assessment is, plain and simple, because the president asked me to do it. He came to me, and he said, is there something we can do -- a test, or some type of screen that we can do -- to assess my cognitive ability? And so I looked into it, and once again -- and my initial question was that I didn't think it was indicated and I didn't think we should do it,” he said.

Jackson said he looked at “a variety of cognitive assessments” and he chose “one of the ones that was a little bit more involved” and was longer.

“It was the more difficult one of all of them. It took significantly longer to complete, but the president did exceedingly well on it. So that was not driven at all by any clinical concerns I have; it was driven by the president's wishes and he did well on it,” he said.


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