WASHINGTON – President Trump said Thursday that he “passed” a recent cognitive test by his doctors and challenged opponent Joe Biden to undergo similar tests as the two 70-year-olds fight over who has better mental stamina for the Oval Office.
In a phone interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News on Thursday night, Trump described undergoing “a very standard test” at the Walter Reed Medical Center, saying that his doctors were “very surprised” at how well he performed.
“He hasn’t performed any cognitive tests because none would pass,” the president told Hannity after the Fox News presenter asked him if he believed Biden had “mental alertness” to be president.
“Actually, I took one when I was, very recently, when I was, when I was, you know, the radical left said, ‘Is everything there? Is it all there?
“I proved it was there because I got it. I passed the test and he should take the exact same test. I did a very standard test at Walter Reed, a medical center versus doctors, and they were very surprised, ”he continued.
“They said, ‘That’s an incredible thing. Rarely does someone do what you just did. But you should take that same test.
The details of Walter Reed’s exam are unknown, but they may have been part of the president’s annual physical exam that is done at the hospital each year.
The results of his most recent physical exam were released last month and showed that Trump, 74, is in good health for his age.
Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment administered by White House physician Ronny Jackson in January 2018.
Trump said he hoped to debate with Biden, but accused his Democratic opponent of trying to get out of the individual sessions.
“It looks like he wants to try to get out of the discussions,” he told Hannity.
At a Delaware event last month, a journalist asked Biden, 77, if he had been tested for cognitive decline given his advanced age, to which he said he “was constantly tested.”
“All you have to do is look at me and I can’t wait to compare my cognitive ability with the cognitive ability of the man I’m dealing with,” he said.