Mental health expert slams Trump’s cognitive exam, calls for further testing

White House physician Ronny Jackson attested to the president's mental fitness during a long press conference with reporters earlier this week and explained how he aced a cognitive exam, but the results did not satisfy all experts. 

In a USA Today op-ed published on Friday, Bandy Lee, an assistant clinical professor at Yale University, and Norman Eisen, who served as former President Obama’s ethics czar, claimed that the testing done was insufficient and insisted that more a "responsible, thorough and accurate assessment" should be done in order to truly measure the president's mental fitness.

The two say that the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the test that the president was subjected to, is only meant to serve as a basic screening test "to determine whether additional testing is needed for cognitive or Alzheimer’s issues."

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US President Donald Trump shakes hands with White House Physician Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson, following his annual physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, January 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the steps of Marine One helicopter upon his departure after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Dr. Ronny Jackson after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the steps of Marine One helicopter upon his departure after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Dr. Ronny Jackson after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump boards the Marine One helicopter upon his departure after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. President Donald Trump waves to members of the media following his first medical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Besthesda, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Trump�is predicting that his first physical since taking office will show he is in good health as the White House moves to stamp out fresh questions about whether the 71-year-old is mentally fit for office. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Pool via Bloomberg
Ronny Jackson, physician for U.S. President Donald Trump, gives a thumbs following the president's first medical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Besthesda, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Trump�is predicting that his first physical since taking office will show he is in good health as the White House moves to stamp out fresh questions about whether the 71-year-old is mentally fit for office. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump waves to members of the media before boarding Marine One following his first medical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Besthesda, Maryland, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Trump�is predicting that his first physical since taking office will show he is in good health as the White House moves to stamp out fresh questions about whether the 71-year-old is mentally fit for office. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Pool via Bloomberg
BETHESDA, MD - JANUARY 12: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump salutes before boarding Marine One on departure from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following his annual physical examination January 12, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump will next travel to Florida to spend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BETHESDA, MD - JANUARY 12: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he boards Marine One on departure from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following his annual physical examination January 12, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump will next travel to Florida to spend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with White House Physician Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson, following his annual physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, January 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
BETHESDA, MD - JANUARY 12: Protesters gather outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as U.S. President Donald Trump arrives his annual physical examination January 12, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump will next travel to Florida to spend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Lee and Eisen say in the opinion piece that there are "ample indicators that additional testing" may be needed. 

"Better tests for intricate frontal lobe function include the California Verbal Learning Test, the Stroop Test, the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and others. An MRI or PET scan would also have been helpful," they write. 

Besides the neurological exams, the two argue for a psychological assessment where “urgent concerns also lie.”

Dr. David Knopman, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, has also weighed in on the Montreal test, telling the Associated Press, “It’s not considered definitive. It’s ultimately only a first pass at cognition.”

However, Jackson said during a press briefing on Tuesday that based on the results, he has no cognitive concerns about Trump.

"The fact that the President got 30 out of 30 on that exam, I think that there's no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues," Jackson said. "He's very sharp, and he's very articulate when he speaks to me. And I've never known him to repeat himself around me."

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