Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), the former White House doctor for Presidents Obama and Trump, told Just the News that President Biden has cognitive "issues" that are worsening the situation in Afghanistan during the evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies and "impacting our safety and our national security."
Jackson previously called for Biden to take the same cognitive exam that he administered to former President Donald Trump. Given the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan as the U.S. military withdraws from the country, Jackson argued that Biden's cognitive issues are now clear.
"I still believe that needs to happen, but the reality is I don't even think it's to the point where he needs a test anymore," Jackson said on Wednesday after criticizing Biden for claiming Al-Qaeda is no longer in Afghanistan. "I think he's proven to the entire country right now that he has issues and these issues are impacting our safety and our national security.
"I think it's obvious at this point. I think a test won't do anything but confirm what everybody in this country already knows is that he doesn't have the competency and the cognitive ability to be our commander-in-chief and lead this country, and he needs to step down and let somebody who can do it, do it."
Jackson, a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, said it was "comical" for Biden to suggest Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks, is "gone" in Afghanistan, contradicting reports by the United Nations and the U.S. intelligence community earlier this year.
"Anybody that follows the last 20 years knows that there's still a faction of the Al-Qaeda and ISIS in that area," he said.
Jackson, a member of the House Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, was the first chief medical advisor to the president of the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci now holds that position.
Jackson questioned why Biden would tell the public Al-Qaeda isn't in Afghanistan when the intelligence community has briefed Congress about their presence in the region.
"Has his own administration, people in the West Wing of the White House, have they lost faith in him as well?" he asked. "Do they just not tell him things, you know, because they realize that he's not capable of processing it? Are they just making the decisions on their own somewhere. Did he forget? I mean, it's also, in my opinion, some cognitive issues that can be part of it as well."