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Missouri senator wants Trump to undergo mental health evalution after Puerto Rico tweets

State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal filed a Senate Resolution for President Trump to receive mental health evaluation following Puerto Rico tweets. (File)

A Missouri state senator has made headlines again in criticizing the president.

State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, filed a Senate Resolution Thursday calling on Congress to require every presidential candidate to undergo psychological screening.

The draft came in response to President Donal Trump's claim of the reported deaths in Puerto Rico was a move by Democrats to make him look bad.

“America lost citizens and I lost family in the deadly hurricane that struck Puerto Rico less than one year ago,” Chappelle-Nadal said in a release. “This morning, the President lied about those deaths. Mr. President – my uncle’s death is not a fiction, it is one of nearly 3,000 heartbreaking examples of a reality you refuse to acknowledge. That’s why, to ensure that our nation is led by people who can comprehend reality, I have filed a Senate Resolution requiring presidential candidates to undergo a mental health screening. Americans living with mental illness must have access to the care they need, including those serving in our highest office.”

Puerto Rico's governor raised the U.S. territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found the number of people who succumbed in the aftermath had been severely undercounted.

Senator Chappelle-Nadal said she is of Puerto Rican heritage and has dozens of family members in Puerto Rico. One of her great uncles died in the hurricane’s aftermath, her release stated.

As President Trump is an official candidate in 2020, he would be required to undergo a mental health evaluation under the reforms detailed in Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s resolution.

Chappelle-Nadal has been critical of the president before. In August 2017, she posted and then deleted a comment on Facebook that said she hoped for President Donald Trump’s assassination. Several state politicians called for her resignation, but Chappelle-Nadal told the Senate she had apologized three times and that constituents have asked her to stay on.

The Senate censured Chappelle-Nadal by a 28-2 vote.


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