White House physician: Trump is in excellent physical and mental health

21 January, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Regina Silva
  • White House physician: Trump is in excellent physical and mental health

Jackson has already increased the dosage of the Trump's cholesterol-lowering medication and recommended a low-carbohydrate and low-fat diet, along with an exercise regimen.

'He has a lot of energy and a lot of stamina, ' Jackson said of the 71-year-old-president.

"The president is very sharp and he's very articulate when he speaks to me", Dr. Jackson said.

He said Trump now "doesn't have a dedicated, defined exercise program", but added the president's diet has improved since he moved into the White House. He speculated that Trump requested the exam in an attempt to beat back the narrative of the past few weeks that he is mentally unfit for office.

Several former members of Obama's White House staff echoed that praise of Jackson.

Critics began openly questioning Trump's mental heath this month following a tweet in which he said he has a bigger nuclear button than North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, and the publication of Fire and Fury, a book about the White House, in which anonymous Trump acquaintances questioned the president's mental stability.

"The president asked me to do it", Jackson said.

President Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the exam.

"The president has passed every exam we gave him: physical exam, mental exam, the Tide pod challenge?"

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Trump's body mass index, or BMI, of 29.9 puts him in the category of being overweight for his height.

He said Trump had healthy cardiac results according to a CT scan and blood tests, though he took Crestor to lower his cholesterol.

"I'm obsessed with President Trump's honesty", Chuck Todd admitted. He said he is pressing Trump - who at six-foot-three and 239 pounds is just below the official label of obese - to eat better and abandon his largely sedentary life for one that includes exercise. And that is something Jackson is going to work with him to change.

"Most of us could lose a couple of pounds", he said, before scanning the Reuters reporters in the room and pronouncing them in "pretty good shape".

"It's called genetics", said Jackson.

Trump is well known for questioning whether exercise is beneficial and doesn't appear to get any beyond golfing with a cart. Last week a group of mental health professionals sent an urgent public letter to the president's doctor requesting he test Trump's cognitive abilities.

Since the controversy erupted, Trump has not explicitly denied referring to African countries and Haiti as "shitholes", but has said, without offering details, that he did not use the language attributed to him. "What can I tell you?"

That helped spark a flurry of activity on Twitter, where people debated whether the president officially had heart disease, based on the lab results released by Jackson and his comments to reporters.

Jackson, after spending four hours with Trump on Friday and evaluating his test scores, said of Trump: "absolutely he is fit for duty".

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