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House Hearing Highlights Debate Over President’s Cognitive Health

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

United States – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen was questioned on Tuesday whether she had observed any signs of cognitive deterioration in President Joe Biden and she affirmed that during the meetings which she together with Biden, the president was very efficient during meetings including with world leaders, as reported by Reuters.

Yellen Supports Biden’s Effectiveness

“The president is extremely effective in the meetings that I’ve been in with him,” Yellen told members of the House Financial Services Committee. “That includes many international meetings that are multi-hour, like his meetings with (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping).”

Yellen avoided answering a question about the last time she met him in person.

She further stated that she had no information of any meetings of the cabinet secretaries on this matter which relates to invoking of the 25th Amendment to the US constitution which enables the vice president and the members of the cabinet to claim that the president is incapable of performing the duties of the presidency and hand over the powers to the vice president.

Republican Representative Mike Lawler from New York asked Yellen whether she had observed any signs of cognitive or mental decline in Biden, 81, after the debate with Trump on June 27, when Biden looked weak and fumbled for his words at times.

Representative Joyce Beatty, a Democrat from Ohio, attempted to sustain it by initiating a motion to have Yellen’s testimony expunged because she was not a doctor; however, Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer, who was presiding over the hearing at the time, shut down further debate on the matter.

Mental Competence Accusations

Biden is struggling to counter accusations by some of his party members of mental incompetence to warrant the nomination to battle Trump during the November 5 presidential election. Joe Biden is unwilling to give up on his campaign and referred to the debate as “a bad episode.”

White House on Monday clarified that Biden is not using Parkinson’s disease treatment, and he has not visited a neurologist apart from his physicals. It stated this after his doctors had not found any cause to perform a cognitive test on him, as reported by Reuters.

Earlier it had been reported that a specialist in Parkinson’s had visited the White House between August and March, eight times.

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