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President Trump’s Mental Health Is Deteriorating Amid Mueller Investigation, ‘Morning Joe’ Claims

President Donald Trump could be suffering from stress and diminished mental capacities, MSNBC’s Morning Joe contributors suggested Thursday.

On Wednesday, the president appeared to slur words during a speech announcing his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The show’s contributors now question his physical fitness, saying they partly attributed Trump’s condition to the stress of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign acted inappropriately in reaching out to Russia before the 2016 election.

Political commentator Mike Barnicle said “that impairment is chilling” to see in a president. The White House has dismissed questions about the struggled speech, saying Trump had a dry throat.

“When you consider [President Trump’s] age, his physical condition, he does not look in great physical shape and hasn’t for some time,” Barnicle said. “The anxiety, the worry, the burden of knowing that Bob Mueller and the special prosecutor is out there investigating nearly every aspect of his life and his family’s financial life—and the fact that, you know, he doesn’t really know the mechanics, the nuts and bolts, of what he’s talking about a lot of times.”

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Co-host Mika Brzezinski observed that Trump “seemed like he was almost hanging on to the prompter and hanging on to the words.” She said the “struggle” was scary to see, though White House spokesman Raj Shah rejected the idea that Trump was suffering from any ailments during the speech.

“His throat was dry,” Shah said. “There’s nothing to it.” 

The most recent speculation about Trump’s physical health comes one week after co-host Joe Scarborough questioned whether Trump was struggling with early stages of dementia. Scarborough remarked that Winston Churchill “was at the top of his game” at 71 and expressed doubt that Trump’s speech could have diminished so rapidly, unless he was losing his mental capacity. 

Scarborough’s mother struggled with dementia for a decade. The MSNBC host continues to worry that Trump is showing a similar pattern with outlandish behavior, a perceived mental decline and inability to speak. 

Scarborough suggested last week that Trump was “mentally unfit” after the president implied in a tweet that Scarborough killed his intern in 2001. When Scarborough was a Republican congressman in Florida, his intern, Lori Klausutis, was found dead in his district office after falling and hitting her head. A medical examiner did not find signs of foul play, and there is no evidence that Scarborough had anything to do with the death.

“There are many things that you don’t take personal from people who are struggling with certain issues because their personality changes,” Scarborough said. “That’s something I’ve dealt with in my family, and you sit there and say, ‘OK, that’s not the person I knew.’… In this case, Donald Trump has control of nuclear weapons, and if we can’t talk about this now…I don’t know when we can talk about it.”

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AISD teams with Dell Medical School for health magnets at LBJ, Mueller

Leaders with the Austin school district, the University of Texas Dell Medical School and Austin Community College on Wednesday announced a partnership to create a new health professions program in Austin.

The program, previously discussed as only a health professions program at LBJ High School, will be extended to the middle school level, and the planned Mueller campus would house the program, officials said.

Other middle schools also will offer medically themed courses as the district works to strengthen the overall program, Austin school Superintendent Paul Cruz said.

“The opportunity here is about inspiring our students and expanding their opportunities,” Cruz said. “It’s about preparing our kids for a health professions career and opportunity, and it’s about having a focus on a rigorous course of study for our students in our health professions area.”

LBJ is already home to Career Launch, a workforce program that gives students a chance to earn an associate degree in nursing and other health fields while working toward their high school diplomas. The program prepares students to enter the job market with their two-year degrees. The new health professions program would start in middle school and prepare students for Tier I universities and continuation into medical school.

Reg Baptiste, an Austin cardiothoracic surgeon and a Dell Medical School program director, went through a similar high school program in Houston. Training people for a career in medicine starts in middle and high school, he said.

“I found it really valuable to see individuals that were surgeons, that were nurses, that were pharmacists, and allow me to be inspired and realize that despite your ZIP code, despite your last name, you, too, could be a physician or surgeon,” he said.

The plans hinge on whether the district’s $1.1 billion bond package passes, officials said, as $22 million of it is slated for construction to launch the new health professions school at LBJ. An additional $61 million is earmarked for building an 800-student middle school in the Mueller neighborhood, which also would have a health professions track within it.

If the bond passes and nationally ranked Liberal Arts and Science Academy moves out of LBJ High, LBJ will have only 850 students left on a campus with room for more than 1,900. The district plans to use that space to build the first phase of the health professions school, which would be available to transfer students, and begin expanding Career Launch.

The Austin district has wanted to launch a type of medical magnet school for years, but those plans were put on hold after voters turned down two of four propositions in a 2013 bond package that included $12 million for such a school. The district is going back to voters now to ask for double the amount to make the health professions school a reality. If voters turn down this bond, plans for the school once again would be put on hold or the district would have to find another funding source.

“The beauty of the Mueller property is that it sits in a location that bridges communities in this city,” said state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, who worked for months to solidify the partnership. “It’s a perfect place to bring children of all different backgrounds together to share in the same rigorous education.”

Cruz said students living in the neighborhoods zoned for the schools would “have these initial opportunities,” but said they are still working on admissions requirements for the program.

The Austin school district’s news comes more than a year after IDEA, a charter operator with campuses in Austin, announced its own plans to launch a K-12 health professions school to roll out next year.

The charter’s plans were boosted by a $14.9 million grant announced two weeks ago from the Magnet Schools Assistance program, a federal initiative aimed at helping desegregate schools.

“Closing the achievement gap means educating as many students to and through college as possible,” said Tom Torkelson, IDEA’s founder. “We are grateful for the support of the Magnet Schools Assistance program grant that will help us open IDEA’s first health professions magnet school and enable more children in Austin to pursue careers in health industry.”

AISD, Dell Medical School to bring health professions program to LBJ, Mueller – Austin American

The plans are contingent on voters approving the district’s $1.1 billion bond package, officials said. If the bond passes and nationally ranked LASA moves out of LBJ High, LBJ will have only 850 students left on a campus with room for more than 1,900. The district plans to use that space to build the first phase of a health professions school, one that would be available to transfer students, and begin the second phase of its new Career Launch program in the same field, along with other improvements that would total $25.6 million.

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