President Donald Trump raised questions of physical and mental decline when he gave a slurring speech about recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Republican strategist Steve Schmidt shared his concern:
It’s not the first instance, he’s clearly slurring his words. I don’t know what the cause of it is, but when you combine it with (Sen.) Bob Corker’s critique that the president of the United States is unstable, that he’s dangerous, when you look at the private comments that are made by members of Congress around his stability, you look at his actions in recent weeks.
We look at the reality that on this day we talk about the Churchill-Roosevelt relationship where the president of the United States is not welcome in the United Kingdom, where there is a consensus among both parties in Great Britain that his presence next to the queen is an assault on her dignity by him standing next to her.
When you look at all of this, this is worthy of discussion. The question of his fitness, of his stability, is in the air, and it doesn’t get better when you see clear impairments. I don’t know, is that a tooth problem? Is that something else?
Presidents every year typically to Bethesda Naval Hospital for a checkup. This president, to my knowledge, is departing that. We don’t know what’s going on, but this is a legitimate issue worthy of consideration. This is the man who commands America’s nuclear arsenal. That video, that speech, that impairment is chilling.
Host Joe Scarborough added:
We’re hearing it time and time again, (but) at some point somebody has to go in front of a camera and say that. If we’re in the middle of a nuclear standoff, there are so many Republicans that have said that behind the scenes. I think for the good of this country, we need to have a public discussion, and Republicans other than Bob Corker need to start talking about it.
(Source: MSNBC via YouTube)