White House doctor declares Trump 'in excellent health'

U.S. president Donald Trump is in "excellent health", Dr Ronny Jackson said in a statement after he gave the president a medical examination.

Later today, Donald Trump will undergo an examination at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, which is just outside Washington DC.

"The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday", Dr Jackson said in a short statement.

It's a tradition for presidents to release the results of their annual physicals.

Dr. Jackson has been a physician to the President for three consecutive administrations.

But what has been a fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV.

"The President is in excellent health", said Jackson after he conducted the first physical exam of the 45th President of the United states.

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No, the exam will not evaluate Trump's mental health.

Last October, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who is a member of the president's Republican Party, told reporters that Trump's behavior had raised issues about his "leadership, and just his stability, and the lack of desire to be competent on issues and understand".

Physical exams for presidents have been a norm since Richard Nixon, according to ABC News, but they aren't required. Previous presidential physicals also mostly excluded mental acuity readings, at least any that were disclosed to the public.

Subsequently Bornstein revealed that Trump was prescribed a statin for high cholesterol, takes a daily baby aspirin for heart health, an occasional antibiotic for the skin condition rosacea, and finasteride pills that promote hair growth.

Bornstein's report on Trump's health veered toward the hyperbolic, but White House physicians are typically more buttoned-up in their assessments of presidents' health. Past presidents have received a "fit to serve as president" stamp of approval following the exam.

"You have to remember if there is something wrong with a president that kicks him out of office, everyone who comes with him leaves".

Vanessa Coleman

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