President Trump's Medical Exam Fuels Flurry of 'Girther' Conspiracy Theories

Elias Hubbard
January 21, 2018

Jackson said Trump himself had requested to sit the test after questions about his mental health.

Mr Trump did not undergo a psychiatric exam, but he did undergo a cognitive screening test.

"All clinical data indicates that the president is now very healthy, and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency... the president's overall health is excellent", said Jackson.

Trump regularly "speaks his mind", Jackson said, and the doctor "found no reason whatsoever to think that the President has any issues whatsoever with his thought process".

Trump attempted to clarify matters about his mental abilities by tweeting that he was a "very stable genius".

"He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part", Jackson said.

Fresh off a White House doctor declaring his health excellent, President Donald Trump swiped at his predecessors on North Korea, while saying he "scored the highest on tests". "It's concerning because you start to say if you do nothing different, if things don't change, you can start to predict the likelihood that some sort of heart event, some sort of cardiac event - a heart attack or something like that - within a certain number of years".

"A cognitive screening exam using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment was normal, with a score of 30 over 30", he said.

But the 71-year-old president performed "exceedingly well" on the test Jackson said, receiving a flawless score.

"Based on his cardiac assessment, hands down, there is no question he is in the excellent range", Trump added.

Jackson reports that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds - three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016. "What can I tell you?"

Mr Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended.

Trump's body mass index, or BMI, of 29.9 puts him in the category of being overweight for his height. Jackson said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Trump's so-called "bad" cholesterol, or LDL level, below 120; it now is 143. However, Trump, according to Jackson, specifically asked to be screened for impairments such as Alzheimer's.

For the first time since October 2013 - when a similar standoff that lasted 16 days kept only essential agency operations running - federal workers were being told to stay at home or in some cases to work without pay until new funding is approved. He also takes a low-dose aspirin for heart health.

The president's doctor said Trump appears to depend on only 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, though he added later that Trump and most adults would benefit from more sleep.

Critics wondered aloud about Trump's ability to perform his duties, as some psychiatrists around the country ignored their profession's stricture against making assessments in the absence of a personal exam to suggest that Trump had dementia.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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