Videos raise ques­tions about Trump’s health

Orlando Sentinel - - People & Arts - BY MAGGIE HABERMAN

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump faced new ques­tions about his health Sun­day, af­ter videos emerged of him gin­gerly walk­ing down a ramp at the U.S. Mil­i­tary Academy at West Point and hav­ing trou­ble bring­ing a glass of wa­ter to his mouth dur­ing a speech there.

Trump, who turned 74 Sun­day, was recorded hes­i­tantly de­scend­ing the ramp af­ter he de­liv­ered an ad­dress to grad­u­at­ing cadets Satur­day at the New York-based academy. Trump sped up slightly for the fi­nal three steps.

Another video cir­cu­lated of Trump tak­ing a sip of wa­ter from a glass tucked in­side his lectern on the dais at West Point. He held the glass with his right hand and brought it to his mouth, but ap­peared to have trou­ble lift­ing his arm far­ther. He used his left hand to push the bot­tom of the glass so it reached his lips.

Trump tweeted de­fen­sively late Satur­day and of­fered a de­scrip­tion that did not match the vi­su­als.

“The ramp that I de­scended af­ter my West Point Com­mence­ment speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most im­por­tantly, was very slip­pery,” Trump wrote. “The last thing I was go­ing to do is ‘fall’ for the Fake News to have fun with. Fi­nal ten feet I ran down to level ground. Mo­men­tum!”

There was no ev­i­dence the ramp was slip­pery.

The videos again raised ques­tions about the health of Trump, whose ad­vis­ers have never fully ex­plained his visit to Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Novem­ber, say­ing only that it was in­tended to get a jump on his phys­i­cal.

The White House doc­tor re­leased a memo this month that pro­vided lit­tle in­for­ma­tion be­yond blood pres­sure (nor­mal) and a de­scrip­tion of his course of hy­drox­y­chloro­quine as a pro­phy­lac­tic af­ter the pres­i­dent was ex­posed to two staff mem­bers who tested pos­i­tive for the coro­n­avirus.

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