Controversial Republican Targets All U.S. Presidents

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( – On Monday, Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) introduced a bill that would make it mandatory for the sitting president to take an annual cognitive evaluation. This bill came after GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley called for all politicians over the age of 75 to have to take “mental competency tests.”

This measure is Santos’ second piece of legislation to come to Congress since January. In a statement, Santos claimed that “regardless of political affiliation,” it makes sense to have the sitting President have to take “an annual cognitive evaluation.

Santos is further proposing that in cases where the President is refusing to cooperate with the testing, he should be blocked from accessing any federal funds for official travel. The congressman also claimed that “Physical examination results” are already made available during a President’s time in office and it only makes sense for their cognitive abilities to also be tested.

According to the assessment requirements, they would need to be tested on general intellect; reading and comprehension; attention and concentration; processing speed; learning and memory; reasoning; executive functions; visuospatial skills; motor speed and dexterity; mood and personality; and memory retention.

The congressman is currently facing a number of problems of his own after it was revealed that he had lied regarding his academic, personal, and professional past on his resume. The case is now being investigated by the House Ethics Committee.

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