Obama and Trump’s White House doctor turned Republican congressman is wrongly ‘DETAINED’ at Texas rodeo after helping 15-year-old girl with medical emergency
- Representative Ronny Jackson was briefly detained at a rodeo on Saturday night
- Amid ‘very noisy and chaotic environment’, law enforcement failed to realize Jackson was a doctor trying to help a 15-year-old with an emergency
- Jackson was both a White House physician to Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump and is now a vocal political ally of Trump.
Rep. Ronny Jackson, who served as a White House physician to Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, was ‘temporarily detained’ by police as he tried to help a 15-year-old with a medical emergency during of a Saturday night rodeo.
The Texas Tribune reported Monday that in a “very noisy and chaotic environment”, law enforcement wrongfully detained Jackson, who had been called in to provide medical treatment.
A statement from the congressman’s office said Jackson had been seated “in the stands the entire rodeo, in full view of the assembled crowd, and not drinking.”
Jackson was “summoned by someone in the crowd to help a 15-year-old girl who had a medical emergency nearby.” When he arrived at the patient, her relative, a nurse, was already helping her, but said she needed help.
“While assessing the patient in a very noisy and chaotic environment, confusion developed with law enforcement at the scene and Dr Jackson was briefly detained and in fact prevented from further assisting the patient,” the statement read.
Representative Ronny Jackson (left) is seen with fan Riley Ridling (right) at the White Deer Rodeo on Saturday night. Jackson was briefly detained by law enforcement as he tried to help a 15-year-old with a medical emergency at a concert
President Barack Obama (left) with Dr. Ronny Jackson (right) in 2014. Jackson later served as President Donald Trump’s White House physician, was a failed candidate to head the Veterans Administration, then ran for Congress.
“He was immediately released as soon as law enforcement realized that as a medical professional he was dealing with the girl’s medical emergency,” he continued.
Local Sheriff Tam Terry told the Texas Tribune that one person was “temporarily detained” as authorities responded to a call at a Saturday night concert at the White Deer Rodeo, located 40 miles from Amarillo.
Terry did not name Jackson in his statement.
He said the department was “reviewing the incident.”
Until that ends, no participants will be named, the sheriff said.
Jackson had a colorful career in Washington, first associated as Obama’s doctor, then serving Trump, who became a political ally.
Jackson was nominated by Trump to head the Veterans Administration in March 2018, but his nomination was derailed after stories emerged of his overprescribing drugs to White House staff.
President Donald Trump (left) endorsed Ronny Jackson (right), his former White House physician, in his first run for Congress in 2020. They remain key political allies
He received the nickname “candy” for this reputation.
Current and former colleagues also told Senate investigators that Jackson drank on the job
Trump withdrew his nomination less than a month after appointing Jackson to the post.
In December 2019, he participated in a race for Congress to represent a conservative slice of Texas.
He won his seat in November 2020 and was re-elected last year.
With his medical background, Jackson has become a thorn in the side of President Joe Biden, suggesting the 80-year-old must pass a cognitive test to stay in office.