Medical professionals have stepped up calls for US President Joe Biden to take a mental competency test after a new blistering report from special counsel Robert Hur revealed the 81-year-old can't remember basic facts about his own life and career.
The Hur report, released Thursday night, February 8, assessed Biden as too senile to be prosecuted over his wrongful retention of classified documents and noted the commander-in-chief "did not remember when he was vice president" and "did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died" over two days of interviews in October.
"Something isn't right, and even if it's minor, it must be explained to the public," Dr. Stuart Fischer, a primary care physician at a nursing home in the Bronx, told NY Post.
"The horse is out of the barn. Not only does [Biden] have an infirmity of some degree, but he has delayed producing objective evidence," the internal medicine expert added, arguing that "no one is buying" the president's defenses about his memory.
Despite being the oldest president in US history, Biden has refused to take mental acuity tests despite repeated calls to do so - as well as consistent polling showing a majority of Americans share those concerns.
The results of Biden's most recent physical exam, released by the White House in February of last year, described the chief executive as "fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency," but made no mention of a cognitive test or an assessment of his mental fitness.
On Friday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed to reporters that she had talked to White House physician Kevin O'Connor around that time and he had told her that "because of the president's actions every day, what he deals with - with world leaders, the domestic issues that he has to deal with - that shows that the president is very much active and understands what's going on and [O'Connor] didn't believe a test like that was warranted because of, just who he is as president of the United States and everything he has to deal with.
"But again, I'm not a medical doctor," the press secretary added.
But, according to Fischer, Biden has "signs of symptoms" that could indicate he suffers from "infectious disease or fatigue," though the physician stressed that he is not Biden's doctor and his statements did not constitute a diagnosis.
"I don't know how this man can have anything more than a mild schedule," added the doc, "because the more he pushes himself, the more difficult it is for an 81-year-old body to respond."
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), a physician to both former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump and a member of the White House Medical Unit under President George W. Bush, said that if Biden clinches the Democratic presidential nomination, he should "100%" have to submit to a mental competency test before the general election.
"He doesn't need a [cognitive] screening test," Jackson said. "He needs an actual cognitive battery of tests, objectively done, put on paper, and briefed to the American people by his physician."
"I'm not making a diagnosis. And I'm not saying the guy has Alzheimer's or multi-infarct dementia or Parkinson's or anything else," he clarified. "This guy has cognitive issues related to his age: He shuffles when he walks, he slurs his speech, he forgets where he's at, what he's doing, he can't remember names, he can't remember dates - that is not someone that should be in control of the nuclear codes in this country and controlling our fate overseas."
"I've been saying since he was candidate Joe Biden: This man does not have the cognitive wherewithal or ability to be our head of state," added Jackson, who went on to describe the president's recent confusion of European leaders with their dead predecessors as "super concerning."
Special counsel Robert Hur determined that President Biden "willfully retained and disclosed classified materials" after leaving office as vice president in 2016.
The records kept by Biden included documents on military and foreign policy in Afghanistan as well as other national security and foreign policy issues.
Despite the findings, Hur's 388-page report recommended that the president not face charges.
The special counsel noted that Biden would likely present himself to a jury as a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory" if he were to face trial.
"If you're too incompetent and too cognitively impaired because of your age to defend yourself from these charges - if he's charged - then it absolutely, positively goes without saying you should not be the commander-in-chief," added the lawmaker.
Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, the former secretary of housing and urban development under Trump, said;
"As someone who knows a thing or two about the human brain, Joe Biden's mental decline has been obvious for several years," Carson said. "Yesterday's report, last night's press conference, and the current state of the union further proves that point. Our southern border is under siege, there are two major global conflicts taking place, and our judicial system has become a weaponized arm of the president's campaign. Americans should be asking, who is running the country?"
Carson has previously stated he believes Biden has signs of dementia, given the president's aggressive demeanor, apparent confusion and issues with his speech.