Trump 'healthy,' no cognitive issues: doctor


It is not a psychological exam.

Trump's White House physician - Navy doctor Ronny Jackson - declared Trump to be in "excellent health" following last Friday's exam at the Walter Reed military hospital in Maryland.

Jackson says that based on the clinical information he has on Trump and his year of observing the president, "I feel very confident that he has a very strong and a very probable possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no medical issues".

"They're going to be increasing the medications, including the cholesterol-lowering medications to try and combat that, but there's no question, by all standards, by all metrics, anyway a doctor or cardiologist will look at it, the president does have heart disease".

'That did drive part of the process, ' Jackson said Tuesday. His thyroid was normal, and there were no issues with his teeth or gums.

"We want them to come in from everywhere", the president said when asked about immigration policy during an Oval Office meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

And that's in keeping with Trump's broader view of working out - which I affectionately like to call the "battery theory". "He has incredible genes".

"The President supports the continuing resolution introduced in the House", White House spokesman Raj Shah says in a statement. His mother died at 88 and his father lived to 93, though he suffered from Alzheimer's disease for about five years.

Jackson said that if he himself had maintained the same diet Trump has over his lifetime, he "wouldn't have the cardiac and overall health that he has".

But there's one form of physical activity with which Trump is closely associated: golf. Jackson said they set a "reasonable goal" of losing 10 to 15 pounds in the coming year and developing a regular fitness routine.

Jackson said 12 other doctors consulted on the physical, which lasted more than three hours.

It was during his time in Iraq that Jackson was chosen as a White House physician and returned to the USA in 2006.

Among them was Dr Jackson, whose official title is Physician to the President.

The physician, who was appointed to the White House post by President Barack Obama and retained by Trump, said that Trump's diet had changed since he took office.

But that's not a huge surprise given the president's affinity for McDonald's and distaste for exercise. That letter reported his cholesterol levels were controlled with medication and were within the healthy range for a man his age. Therefore, exercising is bad. Trump also takes aspirin daily for his heart, propecia for hair loss, a daily vitamin and an occasional cream for rosacea, a skin condition.

"Right now, on a day-to-day basis", Jackson told reporters Tuesday, "he doesn't have a dedicated, defined exercise program". He said he hadn't initially planned to administer the screening for neurological impairments, but did so at Trump's asking.

Just to be safe, Jackson and an ear, nose and throat specialist ran some extra tests and found nothing amiss.