ABC News medical correspondent talks ‘glaring omissions’ in Biden’s health report

According to ABC News’s chief medical correspondent, there were “glaring omissions” in President Joe Biden’s recently released physical report.

As BizPac Review reported, the 81-year-old president shuffled off to Walter Reed on Wednesday for his annual exam.

Appearing Friday on “The View,” Dr. Jennifer Ashton noted what was missing from the resulting report, according to Fox News Digital.

“We do what’s called a review of systems any time we do a physical exam on someone,” she explained. “That includes not only just general neurologic evaluation, but a mental evaluation, a screening for depression or psychiatric illness, mental illness, anxiety — not in there. Cognitive exam — not in there.”

While the report may have appeared to be comprehensive to Biden’s physician, Ashton said, “if you’re a health care professional, you know what things have not been in there.”


(Video: Fox News Digital)

Co-host Joy Behar dismissed the missing evaluations and clearly wanted Dr. Ashton to do the same.

“The question is, can he do the job, and it looks like he can,” Behar declared.

Ashton stopped short of saying Biden wasn’t fit for duty.

“I am not his physician,” she replied, “but again, he does have a qualified physician, and it was a thorough report, but something is missing.”

In a statement following President Biden’s exam, White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said, “President Biden is a healthy, active 81-year-old male, who remains fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre explained to reporters that “it is not the norm” to have a president’s doctor answer questions in the briefing room.

“It is not the norm,” she insisted on Wednesday. “It is not. It has happened a couple of times over the 35 years, but it’s not the norm.”

President Biden doesn’t need a cognitive test, according to Jean-Pierre. He gets things on the “granular level” every day.

“That is not my assessment,” she said. “That is not my assessment. That is the assessment of the president’s doctor. That is also the assessment of the neurologist who has also made that assessment as well.”

“And, you know,” she continued, “and you’ve heard us say this, and I’ll reiterate this, the president’s doctor has said, if you look at what this president, the president, who is also the commander in chief, he passes a cognitive test every day. Every day. As he moves from one topic to another topic try– understanding the granular level of these topics.”

It was an argument that failed to fly with many on X.

Melissa Fine

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