Former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who previously served three presidents, is questioning President Biden’s health after his fall last week.
“I served as White House physician under THREE Presidents,” Jackson said in a tweet. “I’ve seen what it takes physically AND mentally to do the job. I can tell you right now that the way Biden is hiding from the public is a MAJOR red flag. Something’s not right!”
I served as White House physician under THREE Presidents. I’ve seen what it takes physically AND mentally to do the job. I can tell you right now that the way Biden is hiding from the public is a MAJOR red flag. Something’s not right!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) March 21, 2021
Jackson’s comments came after Biden made a series of physical and verbal missteps in recent days. Biden referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “president” last week and the day after that he repeatedly fell while trying to walk up the steps to Air Force One.
Jackson reported to the White House Medical Unit during the Bush era in 2016. He was the White House physician from 2013 to 2018 under both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. Jackson also served as the first chief medical adviser to the president from February 2019 until December 2019. Last November, he was elected to his current position of representative of Texas’s 13th Congressional District.
Jackson had repeatedly sounded the alarm about Biden’s health in the run-up to the 2020 election.
“I think there’s something going on there. I honestly do, and I’m not making a diagnosis. He’s not my patient. I never took care of him in the White House,” Jackson said in last November. “I’ve never examined him. But I was around him a lot … He’s always made a few gaffes here and there. But this is different.”
“Some people age gracefully, some people don’t … in my opinion … it’s age-related that it’s showing. He’s older and he’d be the oldest president we’ve ever had,” he added.
Jackson said Biden might need to undergo cognitive testing in order to prove he’s mentally capable of handling the presidency.
More than 60 days into presidency, Biden has yet to hold a news conference. Earlier this month, Biden appeared ready to handle some questions from reporters during a virtual news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), but the video feed of the event suddenly cut off.
Following the fall, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said Biden “is fine,” adding that the fall was “nothing more than a misstep on the stairs.” The Biden administration also attributed the fall to the wind.