Trump, America’s oldest first-time president, turns 72
In this file photo taken on June 5, US President Donald Trump leaves after the ‘Celebration of America’ at the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP) President Donald Trump turned 72 on Thursday, having returned to the fray of Washington politics after his grueling trip to Singapore for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump in 2016 was the oldest person to assume the US presidency — he was 70 then — although Ronald Reagan was 73 when he was re-elected in 1984.
Trump’s health, both physical and mental, have been the subject of keen interest in America.
He underwent an official physical in January and then White House physician Ronny Jackson described his health as “excellent.”
When Trump was still a presidential candidate, his then personal doctor Harold Bornstein released a letter on Trump’s behalf in December 2015 in which he described the businessman’s health in grand hyperbole. It depicted Trump’s blood pressure and laboratory results as “astonishingly excellent,” his physical strength and stamina as “extraordinary,” and said he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
Last month Bornstein told CNN that Trump had personally dictated the letter. (AFP)