Rep. Ronny Jackson, a former White House doctor, took aim at President Joe Biden’s first solo press conference since taking office.
“This ‘Press Brief’ was EMBARRASSING!” the Texas Republican tweeted. “Not only for Biden, but for the liberal press corps as well. He struggled to make it through, despite the fact that he followed a strict order of reporters to call on and was reading what appeared to be prepared answers from the podium.”
Jackson suggested that the media gave Biden latitude and treatment that would not have been extended to former President Donald Trump for his press conference performance, in which the 78-year-old president made verbal stumbles, appeared to cut himself off, and at one point walked away from the podium and toward the media after it appeared he was unable to hear a question.
The president took questions from 10 reporters at the press conference, using a photo guide of reporters in the room to decide from whom he would take questions. He did not call on Fox News’s Peter Doocy, who has earned praise for his tough questioning of White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Members of the media called Biden’s appearance “ refreshing,” “normal,” and “outstanding.” CNN analyst Bakari Sellers called the press conference “wild,” adding that the media doesn’t have to “track the sheer volume of lies.”
Jackson has questioned Biden’s cognitive abilities before, most recently on Sunday after the president stumbled up the steps to Air Force One, when he said, “Biden is hiding from the public is a MAJOR red flag. Something’s not right!”
In February 2020, Jackson said Biden may need a cognitive test after the then-presidential candidate mistakenly said he was running for Senate.
The Texas Republican served in the White House Medical Unit beginning in 2006 and served under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as Trump, before he nominated him to take the helm of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2018.
His nomination was withdrawn after Sen. Jon Tester of Montana said Jackson was “ repeatedly drunk” on duty and improperly dispensed medications.
An investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general found that Jackson made “sexual and denigrating” remarks to a female colleague, used prescription-strength sleep medication, and drank alcohol on duty.
Jackson denied the findings of the reports and accused Democrats of spreading “untrue attacks.”
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