President Donald Trump’s White House physician declared him in “excellent health” after the president experienced his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, undergoing a physical examination amid suggestions in a recent book and by his detractors that he’s mentally unfit.
President Donald Trump’s personal doctor claimed he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” when he was a candidate, and now that such a reality has actually come to pass, the 71-year-old earned similar superlatives from presidential physician Ronny Jackson, who said Trump has “incredible genes” and declared him to be “in excellent health.” Trump underwent the routine physical examination on Friday in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the examination “went exceptionally well. The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.”
Trump spent about three hours at the medical facility in Bethesda, Md., outside Washington, for the Friday afternoon checkup, his first as president, before departing for Florida for the weekend.
During a press conference Tuesday, Jackson said Trump is 6’3″ and weighs 239 pounds, up from 2016 when he weighed 236 pounds “which the medical community considers overweight; if he were 6-foot-2, as listed on his New York driver’s license, he would be considered obese,” The Washington Post writes.
That’s according to his White House physician, Navy doctor Ronny Jackson.
Jackson is providing a more detailed readout Tuesday following Trump’s first physical last Friday at the Walter Reed military hospital.
Jackson reports that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds — three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016.
Trump’s blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended.
Trump was 70 when he took office, making him the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office.
Jackson says Trump is healthy and should remain so for the remainder of his presidency.
His heart exam was normal, his total cholesterol was 223, and he did “exceedingly well” on cognitive and neurological tests, which he personally requested, Jackson said. Trump’s medications include Crestor for cholesterol, which Jackson said he has increased, aspirin for his heart, Propecia for male pattern hair loss, cream for rosacea, and a multivitamin.
Jackson added that Trump ought to lose 10 to 15 pounds and that he was “more excited about the diet part than the exercise part.” Jackson claimed that Trump’s slurred speech during a public appearance last month might have been caused by Sudafed, and that an ultrasound after the incident turned up no concerning results.
Less flattering was the opinion of The Washington Post, which noted last week that Trump is “older than all previous presidents when they first took office. He is also the heaviest president in at least a generation and consumes a diet heavy with Big Macs, Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, fried chicken, pizza, well-done steak, and two rounds of dessert. He seems to get little exercise beyond swinging a golf club, as he spends most of his time on the course traveling in an electric cart. And he likes to brag about how little sleep he gets.” Jeva Lange
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