Nothing wrong with Donald Trump's mental capacity, doc finds

Elias Hubbard
January 18, 2018

When the White House released the results of a test on Donald Trump's mental aptitude Tuesday, showing he aced it without signs of cognitive decline, there was one person out there brimming with pride despite not knowing the president.

Trump, who was coy about sharing medical information during his unconventional 2016 run for office, used his first presidential medical exam - conducted on Friday at Walter Reed National Medical Center - to try to put to rest lingering questions about his mental fitness for office.

"I found no evidence that the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process", Jackson told reporters during Tuesday's White House briefing. Jackson said Trump has no mental or cognitive issues and is in excellent health.

Jackson also addressed the incident in December when Trump appeared to slur his words during a speech: Trump does not wear any dentures, Jackson said, and the incident was likely the result of a dry mouth caused by Sudafed that the president had been taking.

Dr. Jackson joked that Trump must have "incredible genes" that allow him to eat McDonald's and drink twelve Diet Cokes a day but still stay in great shape.

The White House physician also declared the president as "very healthy" and his overall health "excellent" in spite of his unhealthy habits.

"I would say right now on a day-to-day basis, he doesn't have a dedicated, defined exercise program", said Jackson.

A book published earlier this month, "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff, asserted that even Trump's own advisers and associates questioned his fitness for office.

Nothing wrong with Donald Trump's mental capacity, doc finds
Nothing wrong with Donald Trump's mental capacity, doc finds

"It's called genetics", Jackson said. We talked about diet and exercise a lot.

The doctor said he had "absolutely no concerns", adding: "He's very sharp. In order to further reduce his cholesterol level and further decreases his cardiac risk, we will increase the dose of this particular medication", Jackson said.

Trump is the oldest person ever elected as United States president for the first time, and his decisions during his first year in office have raised plenty of hackles (most recently, he reportedly called a number of countries "s***holes" from which the USA did not want migrants). The "girther movement" is an apparent nod to the "birther movement" perpetuated by Trump himself over former President Barack Obama's birthplace.

He said that while Trump "doesn't have a daily exercise regiment", Trump "has a lot of energy, a lot of stamina".

"He would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates and a routine exercise regimen", Jackson said, but acknowledged that Trump is famously averse to exercise.

Trump's physical tests show that he is fit for duty and will remain at that until the end of his term.

This morning on CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has never examined Trump, claimed he has heart disease.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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