President Joe Biden is suffering from “cognitive decline,” the White House personal physician to former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump said Sunday.
Biden has always been gaffe-prone, Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.” But the 79-year-old president is not the same man today that he was during his tenure as vice president, Jackson said.
“I saw him periodically throughout the years I was there, making the comment that I wasn’t his physician at the time,” said Jackson, who served as White House doctor under President George W. Bush, before becoming personal physician to Obama and Trump.
“I oversaw the guy that did take care of him, but I wasn’t his physician at the time. But I have seen the same thing everybody else saw. I saw Joe Biden — was always prone to gaffes — but these aren’t gaffes anymore.”
Biden is suffering from a “cognitive issue” related to his advanced age, Jackson added.
“Something’s changed toward — during the time that President Trump was our president, something happened, and Joe Biden started having another issue, a cognitive issue that’s related to his age,” he said.
Jackson cautioned that he has not personally examined Biden. But he still suspects that the president is not “at the top of [his] game.”
“And like I have said before, I’m not his physician,” Jackson continued. “I haven’t examined him, so I’m not going to make a diagnosis. But there’s a lot of diseases out there that have a big cognitive component, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multi-infarct dementia.
“I don’t know what he’s got going on. But he has something that’s causing him to have cognitive decline. And it’s progressive, related to his age. And we — there’s a lot of stuff you can do, Maria.
“There’s a lot of jobs you can have out there that you can still be successful if you’re not at the top of your game. President of the United States is not one of them.”
Jackson then compared Biden gaffes of years past to the ones he has made during his presidency.
“So I see a different Joe Biden now than the one that I saw when he was vice president at the White House,” he said. “And I think there’s lots of tape and lots of video for 40 years of this man’s career. And anybody can go back and compare some of those earlier years and some of the gaffes to what’s happening now.
“And this is something very different. This is something very concerning. This man is not in control. And he’s not leading this country. Something else is going on behind the scenes. And there are other people pulling the strings. And that is very concerning for us.”
Ultimately, it’s all bad news for the United States’ standing in the world, Jackson said.
“And, like you said, every — all of our adversaries see this as a window of opportunity right now,” he explained. “Everyone is going to try to get away with everything they can before he’s done. I’m talking about China and Russia and Iran and everybody. This is putting our country at great risk right now.”