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Montreal Cognitive Assessment Shows President 'Very Sharp,' Doc Says

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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Airforce One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on Jan. 12, 2018, for a weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:39 AM

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, an exam that screens for illnesses such as Alzheimer's and dementia, revealed that President Donald Trump is mentally "sharp," his doctor said Tuesday, according to The Guardian.

The presidential doctor, Ronny Jackson, revealed these results after a group of mental health professionals concerned about Trump's mental fitness urged him to perform the test last week, CNN reported. It was conducted during the annual presidential physical exam.

Jackson said he did not feel that the test was necessary but upon Trump's request, he performed the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and the president scored 30 out of 30.

According to NBC News, the assessment is used to detect the onset of mild cognitive impairment and dementia by testing attention, memory and visual skills. A score below 26 would be a red flag.

Trump was the first president to undergo the test, and Jackson said he did not feel it was needed in the first place.

"It has been my experience that the president is very sharp and he's very articulate when he speaks to me," he said, per NBC News. "If he had some type of mental, cognitive issue … this test is sensitive enough. It would pick up on it. He would not have gotten 30 out of 30 on the test. So I'm very confident at this particular stage that he has nothing like that going on."

Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry and director of psychopharmacology clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College has argued that the test would not be conclusive and "shouldn't be the basis for disqualifying someone for the presidency and wouldn't tell us anything we don't already know," The Washington Post noted.

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