Doc­tors give Trump clean bill of health

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By JILL COLVIN

BETHESDA, Md. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump spent more than two hours at Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Med­i­cal Cen­ter on Satur­day for what the White House said were med­i­cal tests as part of his an­nual phys­i­cal.

The ap­point­ment wasn’t on Trump’s week­end pub­lic sched­ule, and his last phys­i­cal was in Fe­bru­ary. Press sec­re­tary Stephanie Gr­isham said the 73-year-old pres­i­dent was “an­tic­i­pat­ing a very busy 2020” and wanted to take ad­van­tage of “a free week­end” in Wash­ing­ton to be­gin por­tions of his rou­tine checkup.

She did not spec­ify which tests he’d re­ceived or ex­plain why the visit had not been dis­closed in ad­vance. Trump’s 2018 and 2019 phys­i­cals were both an­nounced ahead of time and ap­peared on his pub­lic sched­ule.

Gr­isham said af­ter the visit that the pres­i­dent had had “a quick exam and labs” and as­sured he re­mains in good health.

“The Pres­i­dent re­mains healthy and en­er­getic with­out com­plaints, as demon­strated by his re­peated vig­or­ous rally per­for­mances in front of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans sev­eral times a week,” she said.

Trump also spent time at the hos­pi­tal meet­ing with the fam­ily of a spe­cial forces sol­dier in­jured in Afghanista­n. And he vis­ited with med­i­cal staff “to share his thanks for all the out­stand­ing care they pro­vide to our Wounded War­riors, and wish them an early happy Thanks­giv­ing,” Gr­isham said.

It was the pres­i­dent’s ninth visit to the hos­pi­tal since tak­ing of­fice.

Trump’s last checkup in Fe­bru­ary, 2019 showed he had gained weight in of­fice. At 243 pounds and 6 feet, 3 inches tall, he passed the of­fi­cial thresh­old for be­ing con­sid­ered obese, with a Body Mass In­dex of 30.4.

That checkup, which was su­per­vised by Dr. Sean P. Con­ley, his physi­cian, took more than four hours and in­volved a panel of 11 spe­cial­ists.

“I am happy to an­nounce the Pres­i­dent of the United States is in very good health and I an­tic­i­pate he will re­main so for the du­ra­tion of his Pres­i­dency, and be­yond,” Con­ley wrote af­ter­ward.

Test re­sults were re­leased six days later, show­ing that Trump weighed 243 pounds — up seven pounds from Septem­ber 2016, be­fore he be­came pres­i­dent.

A Body Mass In­dex rat­ing of 30 is the level at which doc­tors con­sider some­one obese un­der the com­monly used for­mula.

About 40% of Amer­i­cans are obese, rais­ing the risk for heart dis­ease, di­a­betes, stroke and some forms of can­cer.

Trump doesn’t drink al­co­hol or smoke, but is known to en­joy fast food, steaks and desserts. His pri­mary form of ex­er­cise is golf.

Satur­day’s test came as House in­ves­ti­ga­tors on Capi­tol Hill were in­ter­view­ing a White House bud­get of­fi­cial as part of the im­peach­ment in­quiry.

In the midst of the im­peach­ment in­quiry, Trump has in­sisted he did noth­ing wrong.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Mem­bers of the U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice’ Hazardous Agent Mit­i­ga­tion and Med­i­cal Emer­gency Re­sponse (HAM­MER) Team, move from their ve­hi­cle as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is vis­it­ing Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Satur­day, in Bethesda, Md.

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