Biden’s fitness has been questioned by congressman accused of drinking while on duty with the White House Doctor
Republican Representative Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician, believes President Biden’s press conference on Thursday raises questions about his suitability for office.
The Texas congressman said Friday that Biden’s behavior at his first solo press conference should “ concern any American who wants to know their president is fit for duty and in control, ” Fox News reported
“The President of the United States was armed with a picture book by reporter friends and apparently prepared answers, but he was barely getting through his first press conference,” Jackson said.
Biden’s first formal press conference came 65 days after taking office, a much longer wait than many of his predecessors, answering journalists’ questions for just over an hour.
One of the notable developments was Biden’s announcements that he plans to seek reelection in 2024 with Vice President Harris as his running mate, he is open to renewing the filibuster to advance his policy priorities, and he sees no US Forces in Afghanistan Next Year, The Washington Post reported
Joe’s Biden’s suitability for office has been questioned by Texas Republican Representative Ronny Jackson, above, who says Biden’s conduct at his first solo press conference Thursday should “ concern any American who wants to know their president is fit for duty and is in control ‘. The press conference came 64 days after he took office
Biden, 78, drew attention last week with a physical misstep, tripping and falling several times as he boarded Air Force One
White House press officer Jen Psaki avoided asking if the president had been examined by a doctor after his fall
Jackson and other Republicans were critical of the president’s first official meeting with the news media.
“If President Biden cannot address the questions of his cheerleaders in the White House press corps, then it is worrying to think about how he represents the American people when speaking to foreign leaders,” Jackson said.
Biden, 78, drew attention last week with a physical misstep, tripping and falling several times as he boarded Air Force One. White House press officer Jen Psaki avoided asking if the president had been examined by a doctor afterwards.
Jackson said Biden’s actions should involve any American who wants to know that his president is fit for duty and in control. ‘
The Department of Defense inspector general reviewed Jackson’s service as the White House’s top physician, and concluded that the former rear admiral made “ sexual and derogatory ” comments about a female subordinate, the policy for drinking alcohol during a presidential trip and took a prescription -strong sleep medication
Jackson claimed the report was politically motivated and raised old allegations because of his support of former President Donald Trump, who backed Jackson’s bid for Congress in 2020.
Jackson’s own ability to serve in the White House came under scrutiny after a watchdog report showed he was drinking alcohol and taking Ambien on a presidential trip.
The investigation into Jackson, who is a member of the House Armed Services subcommittee that oversees military personnel, was launched in 2018 and investigated allegations dating back to his time during the Obama and Trump administrations.
During a presidential trip to the Philippines in April 2014, four witnesses who traveled with then-President Barack Obama said Jackson became intoxicated and made inappropriate comments about a female medical subordinate, the report said.
Two years later, two witnesses in Argentina said they saw Jackson drinking a beer while serving as the president’s doctor and in charge of providing medical care for a presidential trip, despite the ban on drinking for 24 hours before the president. arrived. until two hours after he left.
The report also details a series of incidents under Obama and former President Donald Trump in which Jackson lost his temper and cursed subordinates.
Jackson claimed the report was politically motivated, saying the Inspector General ‘revived’ old allegations against him for refusing to ‘turn his back on President (Donald) Trump,’ who was an outspoken supporter of his bid for Congress in 2020.
Jackson, who reached the rank of Vice Admiral, told CNN that he rejected “ any accusation that I had drunk alcohol while on duty. ”