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Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), who stirred controversy as former President Trump’s White House physician, said Thursday he is circulating a letter among House GOP colleagues that calls on President Biden to take a cognitive test to prove he is mentally fit to be commander in chief.
Jackson began collecting signatures for his letter this week during GOP meetings and House votes. It will be sent to Biden and his team in the next day or two, he said.

“Just everything that has been going on for the last year and a half … [Biden] doesn’t know what’s going on, where he’s at. He’s very confused all the time,” Jackson said in a brief interview with The Hill.

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Rep. Waltz slams Biden for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan while Navy veteran remains Taliban hostage

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Florida Rep. Michael Waltz slammed the Biden administration on Tuesday for giving away all “leverage” by pulling American troops from Afghanistan while Navy veteran Mark Frerichs remains a Taliban hostage. 

Waltz, who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and is a Green Beret veteran of the war in Afghanistan, stressed that he’s growing more concerned about Frerichs being left behind as the U.S. moves to withdraw its military from Afghanistan by Sept. 11. 

Mark Frerichs is a contractor from Lombard, Illinois, who is believed to have been held for more than a year by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network. Frerichs, a former Navy diver, was living in Kabul for a decade working on construction projects as an engineer when he was abducted, the Washington post reported. 

“The last American troops have pretty much gone home and the Biden administration has given away all of our leverage,” Waltz, R-Fla., told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday. 

“The thing the Taliban wanted the most, and they’ve been asking for it for 20 years, is for American troops to leave.” 

Waltz then noted that the troop withdrawal was not conditioned on Frerichs’ release from custody, which is fueling concerns that the U.S. could lose bargaining power to get him home once its military presence is removed.

“You would have thought before President Biden just yanked everyone out, and we’re seeing the collapse that’s happening now in Afghanistan as we speak, they at least could have gotten one American in exchange,” Waltz stressed. 

Taliban forces are reportedly gaining momentum, pushing the Afghanistan government’s forces out of several districts and taking control of various weapons and military vehicles in the process, while the U.S. withdraws from the country.

U.S. Central Command announced last month that the drawdown is more than 90% complete and handed over seven facilities to the Afghan military. 

The deterioration of the situation on the ground and the resurgence of the Taliban comes nearly 20 years after the U.S. and international forces entered Afghanistan to oust the Taliban, which had harbored Usama bin Laden. 

President Joe Biden’s plan is to fully withdraw from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, on the 20th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the U.S. planned by bin Laden that led to the lengthy war.

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, the Associated press reported that the Biden administration has said it regards the return of hostages to be a top priority.

For Frerichs’ family, the failure to make his return a factor in the withdrawal of troops is a source of frustration, as is the fact that the Trump administration signed a peace deal in February 2020, just weeks after Frerichs disappeared in Afghanistan while working on engineering projects in the country.

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His sister, Charlene Cakora, reportedly said in a statement in April that the military withdrawal “puts a time stamp on Mark.” 

“My heart breaks for the family,” Waltz said on Tuesday. “You can imagine as they saw that announcement how they felt and their frustration and mine too.” 

He added that he had learned that Frerichs’ family “has repeatedly asked to see President Biden to make their case personally and have been declined.” 

Frerichs’ home-state senators, Illinois Democrats Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, had raised concerns about Frerichs’ situation in a letter to the president earlier this year.

Waltz said “it’s incredibly frustrating” that if Frerichs is located, U.S. helicopters, drones and special forces may not be readily available for a rescue mission. 

The U.S. has not disclosed much about Frerichs’ status, but confirmed in April that active discussions with the Taliban were taking place, according to the Associated Press. 

State Department spokesman Ned Price reportedly said in a statement that U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is working closely with Roger Carstens, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, “has continued to press the Taliban for Mr. Frerichs’ release, and continues to raise his status in senior level engagements in Doha and Islamabad.” 

“We place a high priority on Mark Frerichs’ safety and will not stop working until he is safely returned to his family,” the statement continued. 

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President Joe Biden and the WhiteHouse as of Monday morning didn’t respond to a statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team calling on the executive branch to extend the federal eviction moratorium, as “squad” Democrats continued to camp on the Capitol steps in protest of the inaction from their party. 

“Action is needed, and it must come from the Administration. That is why House leadership is calling on the Administration to immediately extend the moratorium,” Pelosi, D-Calif., and her leadership team said in a Sunday morning statement hours after the moratorium ended. “As the CDC doubles down on mask-wearing and vaccination efforts, science and reason demand that they must also extend the moratorium in light of the delta variant.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) early in the coronavirus pandemic implemented an eviction moratorium that banned landlords from removing people who were behind on their rent. It was extended multiple times but finally ended Saturday night following a June opinion from Supreme court Justice Brett Kavanaugh saying Congress – not the president — would have to extend the moratorium if it were to continue. 

Consistent with that, the White House asked Congress to pass legislation continuing the ban on landlords evicting tenants who fail to pay their rent. 

“In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the President calls on Congress to extend the eviction moratorium to protect such vulnerable renters and their families without delay,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week.

But the votes were not there in either the House or the Senate, so the eviction ban expired. The White House did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News about Pelosi’s statement, which essentially asked Biden to do something the Supreme Court already said is unlawful.

Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives, meanwhile, are livid at their party leadership for allegedly not taking the eviction moratorium seriously. Sunday night marked their third night protesting lack of action by Biden and Democrats in Congress by camping out on the steps of the Capitol. 

“5 AM. This morning felt cold, like the wind was blowing straight through my sleeping bag,” Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., tweeted Monday morning. “Since Friday—when some colleagues chose early vacation over voting to prevent evictions—we’ve been at the Capitol. It’s an eviction emergency. Our people need an eviction moratorium. Now.”

Bush said in a Sunday night tweet that she’d heard there were “thousands” of evictions on the first day after the moratorium lifted, with “potentially millions to come.”

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“People are being forcibly removed from their homes RIGHT NOW,” she said. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, D-N.Y., says Democratic leadership could have extended the moratorium if it had the will to. 

“Everybody knew this was coming,” she said Friday at the protest. “We were sounding the alarm about this issue. The court order was not yesterday, the court order was not Monday, the court order was about a month ago.” 

“The White House says it doesn’t have authority to extend the eviction moratorium or cancel student debt,” Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., tweeted Sunday night. “But it hasn’t had a problem conducting airstrikes without authorization from Congress.”

It’s unclear what steps either Congress or the White House could take next on the now-lapsed moratorium. The House of Representatives is scheduled to be out of session for nearly the entire month of August.

The White House, meanwhile, is trying to get lower levels of government to help renters with money that’s already been allocated by Congress. 

“The American Rescue Plan allocated an additional $21.5 billion for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) that can be used by renters to cover arrears and make landlords whole. This is on top of $25 billion allocated under the Consolidated Appropriations Act,” a White House press release said last month. “But state and local governments must do better. Money is available in every state to help renters who are behind on rent and at risk of eviction.”

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In a speech last week at the Ronald Reagan Library, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Chinese Communist Party an “absolute existential threat” to the United States, and urged a tougher stance by the US against China.

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