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Donald Trump Can't Stop Boasting About Acing a Basic Cognitive Test

Just a normal president behaving normally.

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Last month, Donald Trump had his annual physical with White House physician and U.S. Navy Admiral Ronny Jackson, who gave the president a clean bill of health. For most, the news would be a source of mild relief. For Trump, the results were merely the latest evidence that he is, in fact, a "very stable genius."

According to White House correspondent S.V. Dáte, the president spent a portion of a Republican National Committee dinner at one of his hotels boasting about the results of his mental acuity test. (Dáte cited a source in the room because the entire press pool was evicted prior to the gathering.) Trump's performance might be more impressive if the test in question weren't the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a 30-point exam to screen for cognitive impairment. 

“If you look at the test, it’s pretty hard to see how you could not score a 30,” a Washington Post piece explained at the time. “Yes, Trump passed with flying colors, as any adult with normal cognitive function probably would.”

Frighteningly, this isn't the first time the president has gloated about acing a test to determine whether a patient is suffering early signs of dementia. During an interview with Reuters last month, Trump disparaged Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama for their failure to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, suggesting he had the intelligence to succeed where his predecessors had failed. “I guess they all realized they’re going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests,” he said. 

On Friday, the New York Times reported that the Pentagon has developed multiple plans for North Korea, but is reluctant to share them with the president for fear the White House is "moving too hastily toward military action."

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Jacob Sugarman is the acting managing editor at Truthdig.