White House Press Secretary: ‘President Doesn’t Need a Cognitive Test’

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has told reporters during a briefing President Joe Biden doesn’t need a cognitive test to prove his mental fitness to continue working in the Oval Office.

The president has faced increasing scrutiny over his age, 81, amid multiple verbal and physical missteps that have raised concerns over his cognitive abilities. At 81, President Biden is the oldest to have held the office in the history of the United States. He would be 86 years old at the end of a potential second term.

In the Feb. 28 White House briefing, Secretary Jean-Pierre said the president’s doctor and a neurologist had cleared him for duty and deemed a cognitive test unnecessary. She also argued that President Biden “passes a cognitive test every day, every day, as he moves from one topic to another topic, trying, understanding the granular level of these topics.”

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