Yahoo News reports that mental health experts believe Trump’s recent confusion with words and facts could be a sign of pre-dementia and deteriorating cognitive skills.
“The ‘Tim Apple’ episode a few weeks ago, his calling Venezuela a company, and then yesterday, confusing his grandfather’s birthplace with his father’s, mispronouncing ‘oranges’ for ‘origins,’ and stating out of the blue, ‘I’m very normal,’” said Bandy Lee, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University. “There is no question he needs an examination.”
“I think he’s suffering from pre-dementia. And it’s only getting worse,” said John Gartner, a clinical psychologist.
Lee and Garter are among the few mental health professionals commenting on Trump’s mental state because medical standards do not allow a doctor to speculate on a patient that he or she has not personally examined. Yet, both doctors think this is a special situation where the standards should not apply because the safety of the nation is at stake.
Hogan Gidley, the White House spokesman, said that Trump did not have any cognitive difficulties. “These ‘doctors’ are disgusting, and they should be ashamed of themselves for trying to use their titles to push their own personal political views.”
On Tuesday, Trump said that his father was “born in a very wonderful place in Germany.” His father was born in the Bronx. His grandfather was the one who emigrated from Germany. Trump also repeatedly confused the word “oranges” with “origins.” Last month, Trump called Tim Cook, Apple CEO, “Tim Apple.”
Last year, Trump allowed his physician, Ronny Jackson to take questions about his health for nearly an hour. This year, the White House didn’t make available the doctor who analyzed Trump this year and they released very little information about the results.
During his Tuesday speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee spring dinner, Trump began rambling about how wind turbines kill birds, then transitioned about how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not yet ready for a deal, and then circled back to claim that people who use wind power can’t watch television if the wind is not blowing. He finished the confusing speech by mentioning former President Obama playing golf in Hawaii.
“Hillary wanted to put up wind. Wind. If you ― if you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations: Your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer. You tell me that one, OK? “Rrrrr, rrrrr” ― you know the thing that makes the ― it’s so noisy. And of course it’s like a graveyard for birds. If you love birds, you’d never want to walk under a windmill because it’s a very sad, sad sight. It’s like a cemetery. We put a little, we put a little statute for the poor birds. It’s true. You know in California, if you shoot a bald eagle, they put you in jail for five years. And yet the windmills wipe ’em all out. It’s true. They wipe ’em out. It’s terrible. And I told the other day at CPAC. Great people at CPAC. We had an incredible thing. I had nothing to do. It was early on a Saturday morning. I had just gotten back from dealing with Kim Jong Un. We had a walk. He wasn’t ready for a deal but that’s OK because we get along great. He wasn’t ready. I told him, you’re not ready for a deal. That’s the first time anybody has ever told him that and left. It never happened to him before. Nobody’s ever left. But I said you’re not ready for a deal, but we’ll make a deal. We have a good relationship. We have a good relationship. But I told a story about, at CPAC. The woman, she wants to watch television. And she says to her husband, “Is the wind blowing? I’d love to watch a show tonight, darling. The wind hasn’t blown for three days. I can’t watch television, darling. Darling, please tell the wind to blow.” No, wind’s not so good. And you know, you have no idea how expensive it is to make those things. They’re all made in China and Germany, but the way, just in case you’re ― we don’t make ’em here, essentially. We don’t make ’em here. And by the way, the carbon, and all those things flying up in the air, you know the carbon footprint? President Obama used to talk about the carbon footprint, and then he’d hop on Air Force One, a big 747 with very old engines, and he’d fly to Hawaii to play a round of golf. You tell me, the carbon footprint.”
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