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

President Donald Trump laughs during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Trump has proven himself an unconventional leader time and time again in his first year in office. (AP P

President Trump's physician, Navy Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson, told White House reporters that the president scored 30 out of 30 possible points on a cognitive test, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.

Jackson made an appearance at a 3:30 p.m. briefing Tuesday and discussed this exam in surprising detail.

"The president did exceedingly well on it", he said.

Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended, even though he takes a low dose of the statin drug Crestor. The doctor added that while he didn't specifically ask the president, he does believe Trump doesn't get enough sleep.

On Air Force One, for instance, Jackson says he's watched Trump eat the meals that everyone else does on the plane, and they tend to be on the healthier side, with the exception of the desserts.

US President Donald Trump chows down on some McDonald's fries.

You can view the written summary from Dr. Jackson here.

Navy doctor Ronny Jackson, who administered Trump's first presidential physical last week, said Trump received a flawless score on a test created to detect early signs of memory loss and other mild cognitive impairment.

When pressed about heavy skepticism over Trump's mental fitness, the doctor said Trump felt that "doing the physical was an opportunity to put some of that to rest". Before he spoke, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a letter from former longtime White House physician Richard J. Tubb, who trained Jackson and vouched for his integrity.

"I told the President if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old", Jackson told reporters. I've never known him to repeat himself around me... But I don't know. He passed a battery of heart exams, including a stress test that Jackson said showed an above-average exercise capacity for a man of his age, despite some calcium buildup in his arteries. "I didn't feel it was clinically indicated on this round", he reiterated. "There's no indication that he has any cognitive issues..."

This was the test Nasreddine developed as a young researcher two decades ago, in an effort to quickly assess, within 10 or 12 minutes, whether someone has suffered light cognitive impairment or the onset of Alzheimer's disease, by asking them to perform tasks such as drawing a clock, identifying animals and remembering words.

Trump has been accused of using the word "shithole" to describe African countries during an Oval Office meeting Thursday with a bipartisan group of six senators in which the president also questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US, according to people briefed on the conversation but not authorized to describe it publicly.

Jackson says Trump is healthy and should remain so for the remainder of his presidency. "I've found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process".

What about his slurred speech?

"It's called genetics", Jackson said. Jackson blamed a dry mouth, possibly caused by a decongestant.



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