President Joe Biden will reportedly be replaced by First Lady Jill Biden as the representative for the United States at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
According to Breitbart, Jill Biden will attend the July 23 opening ceremonies and then meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The first lady will also reportedly conduct diplomatic meetings with high-ranking Japanese officials, despite many calling out her notable lack of qualifications for such discussions.
President Biden’s last-minute replacement has sparked serious conversations across social media regarding the state of the president’s mental health, with many criticizing the White House for choosing his wife to replace him for such a prestigious global event as the Olympics.
Some believe that the decision to replace the president, who has suffered his fair share of gaffes and mental slips in past months, was made with the goal of keeping Biden hidden away from the public, the press, and the world stage.
As some in the media reported, such as Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Biden’s trip to Europe didn’t exactly go as smoothly as many Democrats presumably would have liked. Biden demonstrated during the trip, in the eyes of many, that he simply can’t be trusted to project strength and confidence in front of a global audience.
The Biden administration clearly wants to avoid a repeat of his G-7 summit trip, but their solution seemingly betrays the truth. As many have pointed out, Jill Biden, on paper, lacks the qualifications to lead high-level diplomatic talks with America’s allies.
Biden is facing increased criticism for not making an appearance at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, especially given the fact that he’s unofficially recognized as the leader of the free world. Some have already suggested that a possible explanation for his absence is his declining cognitive health, although the world will likely never know even if that is the specific reason.
The first lady accompanied the president on his trip to Europe for the G-7 summit, so she won’t be completely out of her depth in meeting with Japanese officials for diplomatic discussions, but it doesn’t appear to be enough to allay the concerns of some over the first lady performing duties traditionally managed by the president.
Is Biden’s mental health in decline?
Earlier in June, a group of 14 House GOP lawmakers, including former White House physician and current Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), penned a joint letter to the president in which they requested that he submit to a cognitive health test and make the results known to the public, according to USA Today.
Trump took a similar test, which was made available to the public, and the test revealed that the former president was mentally fit to carry out the duties required by the position of the presidency.
“We believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all presidents should follow the precedent set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities,” Jackson and his Republican colleagues wrote.
While it’s unlikely that Biden will ever agree to such a test, especially if he actually does have any medical issues related to his cognitive and/or mental health, his absence from the upcoming Olympic games isn’t exactly bolstering confidence among the American people that he can perform his duties as president.