Washington. President Donald Trump is in “excellent health,” according to presidential physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, who examined the president on Friday after a week of fresh questions about whether the 71-year-old commander in chief is mentally fit for office, Bloomberg reports.
“The president’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland went exceptionally well,” Jackson said in a statement on Friday. “The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.”
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said that Trump wouldn’t undergo a psychiatric exam as part of the physical. And what information is disclosed will be up to Trump, since federal health privacy laws cover the president.
Jackson will take questions from reporters on the president’s health on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
‘Very Stable Genius’
A new book by author Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury,” asserts that almost all of Trump’s top staff and advisers believe he is mentally unwell. Trump responded to the criticism by calling himself a “very stable genius” in a tweet and by allowing cameras to film him negotiating immigration legislation with senators at the White House for 55 minutes on Tuesday.
Even some Republicans have recently questioned the president’s fitness for office. Senator Bob Corker expressed concerns to reporters at the Capitol in October about Trump’s “leadership, and just his stability, and the lack of desire to be competent on issues and understand.”
The White House announced on December 28 that Trump would undergo a physical. Earlier in the month, he slurred his words during a speech recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Sanders said at the time that the president was simply thirsty, calling questions about his health “ridiculous.”
Previous presidents’ medical reports have summarized medication use, medical history, vital statistics -- including blood pressure and weight -- and basic laboratory results on metrics like cholesterol and blood sugar. They also include a summary of a physical exam for the main systems of the body, such as the heart, lungs and eyes.
Former President Barack Obama’s exam included a summary of his neurological function, stating “his cranial nerves, cerebellar function, motor function, and sensory system all normal.”
Jackson noted in a summary of Obama’s 2014 physical that his “overall health is excellent. All clinical data indicates that the president is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.”
Past physicals have also provided a glimpse into the president’s habits. In George W. Bush’s first exam as president, his doctor said he enjoyed the occasional cigar, drank diet soda and ran 12 miles a week. Obama’s exam reports chronicled his struggle to quit smoking.
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