For months now, some of the nation’s top mental health experts have argued that President Trump is not functioning at 100 percent. More evidence that supports this argument surfaced on Tuesday, when Trump was caught on video wandering away from his limo after exiting Air Force One.
The video, which can be seen below, shows Trump leaving the plane and then walking right past the limo at the base of the stairs. After he wandered a few yards away, he was directed back to the car and safely deposited inside. The voices of Trump and his aides are inaudible in the video, so it’s not certain what happened; however, it seems he didn’t realize the limo was right there waiting for him.
Some have suggested that the video shows Trump “sundowning,” or experiencing a symptom of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia that is characterized by heightened confusion in the afternoon and evening.
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This is not the first time questions have arisen about Trump possibly suffering from dementia. In addition to what might be a newfound penchant for aimlessly wandering, psychologists have suggested that the change in Trump’s speech patterns might also indicate, at the very least, a “significant cognitive decline.”
New York City-based psychologist John Montgomery told the health website STAT last month that, while he can’t say “definitively without rigorous testing” that Trump is showing signs of dementia, he thinks it’s “pretty safe to say that Trump has had significant cognitive decline over the years.”
Montgomery added that the obvious change in Trump’s speech could be attributed to other factors like stress.
There is also a possibility that Trump’s strange behavior over the last few months — including his late night “Covfefe” tweet — indicates that he is suffering from severe sleep deprivation. Chris Winter, a neurologist who authored “The Sleep Solution” suggested that “something’s up” with Trump’s mental health, and a lack of sleep could be the culprit.
Whether it’s dementia, sleep deprivation, or some other condition, the video of Trump not noticing a limo that was parked right in front of him seems to pretty clearly indicate that he is not firing on all cylinders. Trump spent a good part of his presidential campaign saying that Hillary Clinton did not have the stamina necessary to run the country, but he doesn’t appear to be up to the challenge, either.
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