Trump spent part of his Friday undergoing a medical examination at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the Washington Examiner reports. According to the doctor who conducted the medical examination, President Trump is in great health and is fully capable of carrying out the remainder of his presidential term.
The doctor also said the 72-year-old president would be healthy enough to remain in office for a second term “and beyond.”
Those words are undoubtedly triggering to some liberals who often wish Trump will resign, be impeached, or fall too ill to govern.
“This afternoon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the President participated in a second periodic physical examination,” White House doctor Sean Conley said in a statement. “Over the course of approximately four hours, I performed and supervised the evaluation with a panel of 11 different board-certified specialists. He did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia.”
“The president is very grateful for the outstanding care he received today, and he especially wants to thank all the doctors, nurses, enlisted and civilian staff who participated.
“While the reports and recommendations are still being finalized, I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond,” the statement continued.
Trump’s health has long been a point of criticisms by his critics. Last year, his medical examination was conducted by Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who similarly said Trump was in excellent health.
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Trump’s health has long been a subject of interest, despite a doctor’s assessment last year that he has “incredibly good genes” and was in “excellent health.” The 72-year-old president doesn’t exercise regularly, beyond golf, and acknowledged last year he takes a statin drug designed to lower his cholesterol.
The president spent four hours at Walter Reed. He returned to the White House Friday evening and did not respond to shouted questions from reporters.
The president, ringing in at 6-foot, 3-inches, had a body mass index last year of 29.9, which places him in the overweight category on the verge of obesity, which is defined as a BMI of 30 or greater. Similar details from this year were not yet available.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, who performed the assessment last year, reported that – like many Americans – the 239-pound president could use more exercise and a better diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates. After anonymous sources questioned the president’s mental capacity in the bombshell book “Fire and Fury,” Jackson last year performed an assessment to screen for cognitive impairment.
Trump got a perfect score, Jackson said.
“The president is mentally very sharp,” the doctor said at the time.