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Donald Trump is visiting Texas to tour the unfinished border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
The meeting coincides with Abbott’s announcement that the state of Texas will be taking the border crisis into its own hands with the construction of a state-funded border wall.
The move is a response to Joe Biden’s efforts to defund the Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies and suspend funding of the border wall.
Since Biden took office in January, he has revoked numerous Trump policies that stemmed the flow of illegal immigration from Central America into the United States – a point that did not go unanswered by Trump.
Speaking before the press with Abbott, the former President highlighted Biden’s apparent cognitive dysfunction, stating that Biden would not be able to ace a cognitive test if given one.
“Anyway, but he has done a really good job. So — and there’s my doctor right over there. My doctor. He said, ‘You know, sir, if you want, you’re really smart, you would have taken the cognitive test.’ I said, ‘What’s that, Doc Ronny,’ right? Now we call him Mr. Congressman. What a job you’ve done, Ronny. They went after him and it didn’t work out too well,” said Trump about former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who’s now serving as the U.S. representative for Texas’ 13th congressional district.
“The Democrats went after him like you wouldn’t believe,” added Trump, referring to the Democrats’ criticism of the physician. “But he did a test. Did I ace it? I aced it.”
“And I’d like to see Biden ace it,” Trump quipped. “He won’t ace it. He’ll get the first two. There are 35 questions and the first two or three a pretty easy. They’re the animals. It’s just a lion and giraffe. When he gets to around 20, he’s going to have a little hard time. I think he’s going to have a hard time with the first few, actually.”
Trump’s mockery of Biden’s mental faculties is not unfounded as Rep. Ronny Jackson led a group of 14 Republicans a letter this month urging him to take a cognitive test to prove his mental fitness. At the age of 78, Biden is currently serving as the oldest person to be elected into the Oval Office.
“We believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all presidents should follow the precedent set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities,” Jackson and his GOP colleagues wrote in their June 17 letter to Biden.
“The American people should have absolute confidence in their President,” they wrote.
“They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties of Head of State and Commander in Chief. They deserve full transparency on the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader. To achieve this, we urge you to submit to a cognitive test immediately. We implore you to then publish the test results, so the American people know the full mental and intellectual health of their President, and to set an example for all Presidents to follow going forward,” they added.