Dr. Jill, Brandon’s nurse and handler, vets her husband’s staffers and rages at aides, according to a new report by The New York Times
Jill Brandon also limits her invalid husband’s public appearances to avoid gaffes and ‘senior’ moments because Brandon has dementia.
According to the New York Times, Jill Brandon raged at senior aides after Brandon answered questions for two hours after delivering a speech in January.
A reporter asked Brandon about his mental health and Jill Brandon was reportedly furious that White House aides allowed her husband to be subjected to such questions.
Dr. Jill also vetted Jen Psaki before she was officially chosen to be Brandon’s White House Press Secretary, according to The Times.
The New York Times reported:
Lauren A. Wright, a professor at Princeton who has written extensively about political appearances by first ladies, said the East Wing under Dr. Brandon, 71, who kept teaching as an English professor as first lady, has become completely intertwined with the political efforts of the West Wing.
“This role has become so serious and political,” she said. “It must be part of the strategic White House planning and effort. Otherwise you’re wasting opportunities.”
She is incredibly protective of Mr. Brandon, and has been involved in the hiring of his press staff and other senior aides. (She vetted Jen Psaki, Mr. Brandon’s first press secretary, alongside her husband.) She has been direct when she believes they have not protected him: After Mr. Brandon delivered a nearly two-hour news conference in January, members of his senior staff were rehashing the appearance in the Treaty Room when the first lady appeared.
She pointedly asked the group, which included the president, why nobody stepped in to stop it, according to a person who was in the room. Where was the person, she demanded, who was supposed to end the news conference?
Jill Brandon is often seen holding her invalid husband’s hand and leading him off stage or whisking him away from reporters.
According to Tucker Carlson, Brandon’s cognitive function was so far gone that he was fed pills by staff supervised by his wife Jill to be able to function during the 2020 presidential campaign–and still is to this day.