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Trump: Cognitive Testing Is ‘A Good Standard, All ‘Presidents or Potential Presidents Should Take It’

By Craig Bannister | August 7, 2020 | 12:58pm EDT
Pres. Donald Trump
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Joe Biden could put to rest all doubts about his mental capacity by taking a cognitive test – and all presidents and presidential candidates should take the test that he took - President Donald Trump said Thursday.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s Cleveland-based WTAM radio show, Trump said that, after he took a cognitive test, liberal media stopped accusing him of suffering from diminished mental capacity:

“I took it because people were saying, you know, first they say, ‘He’s a dictator, wants to take over the world, he’s a total genius. The next day, they say the opposite, right: ‘He doesn’t know what he’s doing, he’s stupid’ – they say the most horrible things, the Fake News.”

As CNSNews.com reported in January of 2018, White House physician Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters that Pres. Trump did “exceedingly well” on his cognitive exam. Dr. Jackson said Trump had requested a cognitive exam, even though the doctor initially had “no intention of doing one.”

In Thursday’s interview, Rivera asked Trump: “Do you want Joe Biden to take the same test you did?”

“He should take a test. I think. I think it would be good,” Trump replied, explaining the “amazing” way it ended media accusations of mental incompetence when he took it:

“All of the stuff having to do with brainpower, it just literally disappeared when I took it, you know, when it was announced and I took it.

“And, I think it would be a good thing for Biden to take it, actually.

“But, it did - it was an amazing thing. It just stopped that, so it was worthwhile doing it. And, I think Biden should do it.

“But, that’s up to him – I mean, that’s got to be a choice of a person.”

Cognitive testing is “a good standard” for evaluating presidents and presidential candidates – so, it might be a good idea for all of them to take it – Trump said:

“Maybe, it’s a good standard – maybe, presidents or potential presidents should take it. You know, maybe they should.”

The full transcript of Trump’s answer is presented below:

Geraldo Rivera: “You still have your spirit, you still have your energy. Do you want Joe Biden to take the same test you did?”

Pres. Donald Trump: “Well, he should. He should take that test. And, you know, by the way, you know, they only show the first question, but they don’t show the last questions. A lot of people wouldn’t get those last questions right.

“He should take a test. I think. I think it would be good.

“I took it because people were saying, you know, first they say, ‘He’s a dictator, wants to take over the world, he’s a total genius. The next day, they say the opposite, right: ‘He doesn’t know what he’s doing, he’s stupid’ – they say the most horrible things, the Fake News.

“So, when I did my physical, I asked my doctor, a highly-respected guy, ‘Do they have some kind of a test?’ A mental test, a mentality test, a cognitive test.

“They said, ‘Yes, they do.’ I said, ‘Should I take it?’ And, he said, ‘Well, you can - but, if you take it, we have to announce it, because, you know, it’s public stuff, pretty much.’ I said, ‘I don’t care.’ I said, ‘How tough is it?’ He said, ‘It’s pretty tough. You know, towards the end, it gets pretty tough.’

“So, I took it and I got a perfect score on it. And, it was given to me by a very respected doctor, who was also the doctor for Obama and Bush, a highly-respected doctor and I did very well on it.

“And, I think it’s something that – maybe, it’s a good standard – maybe, presidents or potential presidents should take it. You know, maybe they should.

“But, I did take it. I took it and, you know, it was a very interesting thing: once I took that, all of the mentality stuff, the kind of nasty kind of hits that they would give you – even though they know it’s not true – it all disappeared. Now, they say I’m a dictator and I’m fascist, I’m all these other things that are nasty, but, all of the stuff having to do with brainpower, it just literally disappeared when I took it, you know, when it was announced and I took it.

“And, I think it would be a good thing for Biden to take it, actually.

“But, it did - it was an amazing thing. It just stopped that, so it was worthwhile doing it. And, I think Biden should do it.

“But, that’s up to him – I mean, that’s got to be a choice of a person.”

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