Physician: President Trump in 'Very Good Health' Following Annual Exam

10 February, 2019, 05:07 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • President Donald Trump Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks during the daily White House press briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House Jan. 16 2018 in Washington

"In 2018, the president's physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, delivered a detailed report on Trump's physical and mental health and took multiple questions during a press conference with reporters". Bornstein at the time stated Trump would be the healthiest president ever elected, despite also being the oldest.

Physician to the president, Sean Conley released a statement shortly after, saying he is happy to announce the president is in great health, and anticipates he will remain so for the duration of his time in office, and beyond.

Trump did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia, Conley reported. More detail about the physical is likely to come next week.

"The President received a diet and exercise plan past year after his annual physical, but the President admits he has not followed it religiously", said Hogan Gidley, the principal deputy White House press secretary. He also happened to put Trump exactly one pound shy of being considered "obese" and said Trump didn't have heart disease even though the data suggested he might.


Aides said he now eats more fish than he used to but still enjoys steaks, well done with ketchup on the side, and fried potatoes prepared by the chefs at the White House and at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

Presidents aren't required to have an annual medical exam or to release any of the results, but Trump's recent predecessors have undergone regular exams and typically released summaries of the findings.

The president's health has attracted attention before. But the president was directed to try to lose 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kg) by eating better and starting to exercise. But it is a curious inclusion for a president whose past doctors seemed to have felt compelled - or in Bornstein's case, claims he actually was compelled (he says Trump literally dictated the letter) - to paint as optimistic a picture of Trump's health as possible. With the White House kitchen too understaffed to cater a meal, Trump stepped in: He ordered burgers, french fries and pizza.

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