Fox News host Chris Wallace says the cognitive test Trump claims to have ‘aced’ is ‘not the hardest test’

President Donald Trump being interviewed by the Fox News host Chris Wallace. Screenshot via Fox News
  • President Donald Trump told Fox News in a new interview that he “aced” a recent cognitive test.
  • Trump said Fox News’ Chris Wallace and the presidential candidate Joe Biden would not be able to answer some of the questions.
  • The test was most likely the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which measures cognitive function and helps diagnose illnesses.
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The Fox News host Chris Wallace questioned President Donald Trump about his cognitive abilities, saying he had taken the same test that Trump boasted of having “aced.”

Trump told Wallace in a new interview, which aired Sunday, that the questions got more difficult as the test went on. He went on to suggest Wallace “couldn’t answer many of the questions.”

When Trump asked how Wallace did on the test, Wallace said: “Well, it’s not the hardest test. They have a picture and it says ‘what’s that’ and it’s an elephant.”

“You see, that’s all misrepresentation,” Trump said, and Wallace responded, “Well, that’s what it was on the web.”

“It’s all misrepresentation,” Trump said. “Because, yes, the first few questions are easy, but I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions. I’ll bet you couldn’t, they get very hard, the last five questions.”

“Well, one of them was count back from 100 by seven,” Wallace said back.

The Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim posted a transcript of the exchange.

On Twitter, many doctors and experts weighed in, suggesting that the test was most likely the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is used to screen patients for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. The test, which takes about 10 minutes, requires patients to identify pictures, draw a clock, and complete some memory exercises, as described by The Washington Post.

Fox News displayed a variation of the test during the segment.

Fox News Test

In the same interview with Wallace, Trump challenged his presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential opponent, Joe Biden, to take the test.

“Let’s take a test right now. Let’s go down, Joe and I will take a test. Let him take the same test that I took,” he said. In June, Biden said he was “constantly tested.”