A group of psychiatrists have concluded that Trump’s “reckless” response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report shows that he cannot rationally process risk.
“The singular reaction is perhaps indicative of the extent to which the president is, as with his contrary reaction to Russia’s attack on the integrity and validity of our process of electing a president, preoccupied with himself to the point where he does not even consider the good of the nation,” reads the report. The full report will be released on Friday.
The report is titled: “Mental Health Analysis of the Special Counsel’s Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.” The subtitle is: “If One is Too Incompetent to Commit a Crime, Despite Trying Hard, Is One Competent to be President?”
The lead author of the analysis, Yale University Brandy Lee, says she believes Trump’s behavior shows that his mental condition is deteriorating. Lee and her colleagues will request that he undergo a full evaluation within the next 3 weeks by a “non-governmental, independent and non-partisan” panel that would include internists, psychiatrists, and neurologists.
“If he believes he is fit, he should agree to submit to one,” Lee said.
Lee has argued in the past that Trump’s tweets and public statements show that he is unfit to be president. She insists that the Mueller report provides further evidence for her claims. “There couldn’t be higher quality data,” she said.
James Merikangas, psychiatry and behavioral sciences professor at the George Washington University, is another author of the report. He insists that the report does not make a diagnosis. “We don’t claim to make a psychiatric or neurological diagnosis, although we’d like to,” he said.
Merikangas adds that the Mueller report shows that Trump doesn’t seem to be able to anticipate the consequences that would have resulted in his firing the special counsel. “Looking one or two steps down the road requires a certain mental capacity,” Merikangas said.
Fred Trump, the president’s father, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his final years of life. President Trump, who is nearly 73, could have the same disease.
The five authors of the report are professors of psychiatry at medical schools in the U.S. They also all contributed to the book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” which was released in 2017. The other authors besides Lee and Merikangas include Edwin Fisher at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Leonard Glass at Harvard Medical School, and James Gilligan at New York University.
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