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Nikki Haley

November 8, 2021

Former US ambassador calls for cognitive test for elderly politicians

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley floated the idea that government leaders of a certain age should undergo a “cognitive test.”

The Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody asked the former US ambassador if she had any concerns about 78-year-old President Joe Biden’s mental soundness.

“Well what I’ll tell you is, rather than making this about a person, we seriously need to have a conversation that if you’re gonna have anyone above a certain age in a position of power — whether it’s the House, whether it’s the Senate, whether it’s vice president, whether it’s president — you should have some sort of cognitive test,” Haley said.

“And right now, let’s face it, we’ve got a lot of people in leadership positions that are old. And that’s not being disrespectful. That’s a fact,” Haley, 49, added. “And when it comes to that, this shouldn’t be partisan. We should seriously be looking at the ages of the people that are running our country and understand if that’s what we want.”

Haley referred to times Biden seemed to be unaware of things going on in his administration, like the fallout with France over the nuclear submarine agreement with the UK and Australia.

Last month, John Kerry, Biden’s climate envoy, said in an interview with France that the president “literally had not been aware of what had transpired.”

“He can’t act like he doesn’t know something,” Haley said. “Because every time he acts like he doesn’t know something from ‘OK, they tell me to call on these reporters,’ you know, he keeps giving signals that he’s not with us. So it’s not people hating on Biden, it’s Biden really showing the country that he’s not totally in charge, and that makes everyone nervous.”

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Nikki Haley calls for cognitive test for older politicians

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