Experts claim to have compared Trump's speech from several years ago to his speech in 2017 and found certain anomalous patterns that could be early signs of dementia.
STAT asked neurolinguists and other speech performance experts to analyze Trump's speech pattern in 2017, after he became president, and compare it with his speech pattern in the 1980s and 1990s for evidence of recent cognitive decline. The experts conducted an analysis of recent unscripted speech by Trump and compared it with recordings of his unscripted speech from years ago. They found that Trump appears to be experiencing a declining ability to construct structured sentences and express his thoughts coherently.
According to STAT's Sharon Begley, a demonstration of Trump's apparent speech disability occurred during a recent press conference when he struggled to give a coherent response to a question about his alleged links with Russia.
"There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians, zero."
The experts said that the differences between the quality of Trump's speech when he was younger and his speech in 2017 are unmistakable and could be part of the early signs of cognitive decline or dementia.