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President Biden Urged to Undergo Detailed Cognitive and Neurological Testing After 'Confused Rambling' During Debate Fuels Concerns

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Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke about the troubling behaviors he noticed that were demonstrated by President Biden.

Jul. 5 2024, Published 5:30 p.m. ET

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CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has called for comprehensive testing and heightened transparency following a debate performance that Gupta described as "concerning," RadarOnline.com has learned.

In an editorial published on Friday, Gupta highlighted a series of alarming symptoms evident during President Joe Biden's debate, which included "confused rambling, sudden loss of concentration in the middle of a sentence, halting speech, and absence of facial animation, resulting at times in a flat, open-mouthed expression."

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Gupta's assessment is further bolstered by the opinions of over a dozen neurologists who back the necessity for a detailed cognitive and movement disorder evaluation for the commander-in-chief.

Although acknowledging that these observations are not diagnostic, Gupta insists that such testing is critical, especially considering Biden's age and extensive medical history.

Earlier this year in February, a health summary declared Biden "fit for duty," noting that an exhaustive neurological exam showed no signs of disorders like Parkinson's disease.

However, the absence of specific cognitive testing has attracted criticism, particularly given Biden's past brain surgeries, which might render him susceptible to delayed cognitive issues as he ages.

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Biden acknowledged that he is no longer a young man, but said he is fit for the job.

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Speaking with Sciutto, Gupta suggested that testing could potentially outline treatments for any symptoms detected. "If he were my patient, frankly, if he were my father, I would advocate for this sort of testing again in large part because there might be something you can do about it," Gupta remarked.

Despite Gupta's urgings, the White House has reiterated its stance that further testing is unnecessary.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has dismissed the need for additional evaluations, maintaining that all necessary protocols have been followed and asserting that the President remains in good health.

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Gupta's assessment is further bolstered by the opinions of over a dozen neurologists.

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The debate over Biden's cognitive health is not new and has parallels to the scrutiny faced by former President Donald Trump.

Trump has repeatedly claimed to have aced the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) twice, although the MoCA is not as comprehensive as the more detailed evaluations Gupta recommends for Biden.

Gupta's comments have intensified the conversation surrounding the mental fitness of leaders, particularly as Biden navigates complex domestic and international challenges.

"Early detection and treatment of potential cognitive decline can have significant benefits," Gupta emphasized, underscoring the importance of transparency in maintaining public trust.

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Despite Gupta's urgings, the White House has reiterated its stance that further testing is unnecessary.

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Critics argue that the public has a right to complete transparency regarding the health of their leaders, especially as they hold the reins of national and global policy decisions. With Biden positioned at the helm during pivotal times, his health remains a paramount concern.

Meanwhile, supporters of Biden argue that the President has demonstrated resilience and clarity in his decision-making processes, noting that he has continued to execute his duties effectively. They contend that calls for additional testing are politically motivated and serve to undermine his authority.

The conversation around presidential health is undeniably complex, traversing medical ethics, public right-to-know, and the political landscape. As Biden continues his term, the discourse surrounding his cognitive health is likely to remain a point of contention.

Gupta's plea echoes a growing demand for transparency in the public's right to know about their leaders' health status. "Testing isn't just about addressing immediate concerns, but also ensuring long-term health and capacity," Gupta pointed out.

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"Are we looking at episodes of something? Or is this a condition that should be more fully investigated?" Gupta inquired.

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As the nation remains divided on the importance and implications of such medical evaluations, the debate underscores the delicate balance between privacy and public interest. The ongoing scrutiny of Biden's cognitive health serves as a poignant reminder that the well-being of those in power is intrinsically linked to the confidence and trust of the people they serve.

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In the words of Gupta, "Transparency and proactive measures are not just beneficial, but essential for the welfare of both the leader and the nation."

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