Trump in excellent health, says doctor

Trump’s doctor says president is in “excellent” health and there are no concerns about his cognitive ability.

Ben Ariel,

Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson
Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson
Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump’s doctor announced on Tuesday that the president is in “excellent” health and fit for office, The Hill reported.

Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s military physician, added that the president himself requested a mental-health assessment to dismiss questions about his fitness.

“The president's overall health is excellent,” Jackson said. “His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good, he continues to enjoy the significant, long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence and alcohol."

Jackson said Trump could stand to lose 10 to 15 pounds and improve his diet.

He also revealed in detail how Trump requested a mental-health evaluation in order to put questions about his fitness to rest.

The doctor said he had not planned to include one because it was not recommended by medical protocol and he had no personal questions about his mental fitness.

“I’ve seen him every day," Jackson said. "I had absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or his neurological functions.”

"All data indicates the president is healthy and will remain so for the duration of his presidency," Jackson stressed.

Before the medical exam, the White House had said that tests for mental acuity would not be included. The question arose after speculation about Trump's mental fitness for office, spurred by the publication of Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which suggested Trump's own aides worry about his stability.

Trump later tweeted that he was a "very stable genius" in response to the suggestions in the book, while CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted Wolff’s portrayal of the president, and subsequent claims by critics, including Democratic lawmakers.

“Those statements are just absurd,” Pompeo said, adding, “Just pure fantasy … The president is engaged, he understands the complexity, he asks really difficult questions of our team at the CIA so we can provide any information that he needs to make good, informed policy decisions.”

“It’s just a ludicrous question. These are from people who just have not yet accepted the fact that President Trump is the United States’ president. I’m sorry for them,” he continued.


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