Doc­tor says pres­i­dent is in ‘ex­cel­lent health’

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION - By Michael D. Shear and Lawrence K. Alt­man, M.D.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. >> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is in ex­cel­lent health, his doc­tor said Fri­day af­ter his first com­pre­hen­sive phys­i­cal exam since he was elected.

“The pres­i­dent’s phys­i­cal exam to­day at Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Cen­ter went ex­cep­tion­ally well,” Dr. Ronny L. Jack­son, a rear admiral in the Navy and the White House physi­cian, said in a state­ment. “The pres­i­dent is in ex­cel­lent health.”

The brief state­ment did not in­clude any ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about Trump’s health, in­clud­ing his weight, blood pres­sure or choles­terol lev­els. The pres­i­dent’s doc­tors did not in­di­cate what tests they per­formed dur­ing the exam or whether Trump, 71, was tak­ing med­i­ca­tions.

But the White House has promised that in­for­ma­tion about those top­ics will be dis­closed Tues­day, when Jack­son joins Sarah Huck­abee San­ders, White House press sec­re­tary, dur­ing a brief­ing for the news me­dia.

Of­fi­cials had said it would take a few days for test re­sults to be com­pleted. Trump is spend­ing the three-day hol­i­day week­end in Palm Beach, Fla., at his Mar-a-Lago es­tate.

It re­mains un­clear whether doc­tors per­formed any men­tal acu­ity, cog­ni­tive or neu­ro­log­i­cal tests dur­ing the pres­i­dent’s phys­i­cal exam. Ques­tions about his men­tal health in­ten­si­fied this month af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of a book in which his clos­est ad­vis­ers are said to have ques­tioned his men­tal abil­i­ties. That prompted Trump to in­sist that he is a “sta­ble ge­nius.”

It is also un­clear whether Trump had tests com­mon for men of his age, such as a tread­mill stress test to de­tect heart prob­lems.

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