President Donald Trump asked the White House doctor to perform a cognitive exam during his physical last week, despite the doctor’s determination that such testing wasn’t necessary.
A White House doctor pronounced President Trump medically fit to serve as commander-in-chief on Tuesday – and added that he easily passed a voluntary cognitive assessment designed to test his mental reflexes.
“The president’s overall health is excellent,” Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters during an unusual briefing at the White House, days after completing the Trump’s first physical examination as president.
“I have no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday.
He said the testing was conducted at the President’s wishes, and the results were normal.
Ahead of the exam, the White House said that tests for mental acuity would not be included. The question arose after a week of speculation about Trump’s mental fitness for office, spurred by the publication of a damaging book that suggested Trump’s own aides worry about his stability.
Dr. Jackson, MD (U.S. Navy): "Absolutely, [President Trump] is fit for duty. I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term and even for the remainder of another term if he's elected." pic.twitter.com/EDn4L2f10m
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) January 16, 2018
Later, Trump attempted to clarify matters by tweeting he was a “very stable genius.”
Jackson told reporters Trump scored 30/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to its website is a “cognitive screening test designed to assist Health Professionals in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.”
The doctor deemed Trump in “excellent health” last Friday and provided details of the President’s medical exam during a briefing on Tuesday.
Dr. Jackson: "@POTUS is mentally very sharp, very intact…He's fit for duty. I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder this term, & even for the remainder of another term if elected." pic.twitter.com/eK9K11uAL0
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 16, 2018
Trump weighs 239 pounds, the White House physician said on Tuesday. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, Trump falls just within the “overweight” range on the body mass index.
Trump and his doctor discussed his diet and exercise during last week’s physical and set a goal of losing 10-15 pounds.
“He would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates,” Jackson told reporters at the White House.
Jackson said Trump’s resting heart rate was 68 and blood pressure was 122/74.
The President himself decided what to make public, in accordance with medical privacy rules. He’s been unwilling in the past to disclose information that candidates and presidents typically reveal, such as his tax returns. But during the 2016 campaign, he did authorize his personal doctor to release some medical information.
Dr. Harold Bornstein’s summary included Trump’s height (6 feet 3 inches) and weight (236 pounds), cholesterol (HDL 63, LDL 94, triglycerides 61), blood pressure (116/70), blood sugar (99) and normal results from liver, thyroid, heart and colon exams.
He also said Trump took Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering statin; a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks; antibiotics to treat skin rosacea; and Propecia for baldness.
Jackson performed the yearly physical Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.
On Friday evening, the White House released a statement from Jackson — who also performed President Barack Obama’s last presidential physical — that indicated the exam went “exceptionally well” and described Trump’s health as “excellent.”
Asked how Trump could stay healthy on a diet that includes McDonald’s and Diet Cokes, Jackson said: “It’s called genetics – I don’t know.”
Jackson estimated that Trump only gets 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night. “He doesn’t sleep much,” he said.
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