The cognitive test taken by Donald Trump last week is not a comprehensive psychological evaluation, its creator has said.
Eyebrows were also raised at Trump's stated weight. "We talked about diet and exercise a lot".
"The president asked me to do it", Jackson said.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, the presidential physician, gushed about President Donald Trump's health during a briefing before the White House press corps on Tuesday, touting the President's "good genes", how he did "exceedingly well" on his cognitive test and his "excellent" cardiac health. Overall, Jackson said he was impressed by the president's health, saying tests revealed no evidence of cancer, lung problems, diabetes or joint problems.
Revelation of Trump's physical records has spawned a twitterstorm called the #Girther movement.
He added, "It's just the way God made him". According to the CDC, a BMI of over 30 indicates obesity.
The president would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds, according to the physician.
Before Jackson spoke, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spent several minutes explaining why his assessment should be trusted.
And the clean bill of health he delivered was just what the president ordered.
Jackson gave the president's vital statistics as follows: height six feet, three inches (1.90 meters), weight 239 pounds (108 kilogrammes), resting heart rate 68, blood pressure 122/74. Obama was taking a few daily medications, including a Vitamin D supplement, Nexium to help control acid reflux, nicotine gum to kill occasional tobacco cravings, and Malarone to prevent malaria, since Obama was planning travel to malaria-prone regions when his exam was conducted. Absolutely no cognitive, mental issues whatsoever. He was formally named physician to the president in 2013 by then-President Barack Obama.
Tuesday's CNN Tonight, host Don Lemon and his panel of liberal journalists cast doubt on Dr. Jackson's finding and essentially claimed he was lying for Trump.
To check for possible cognitive dysfunction, the US Department of Veterans Affairs uses the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) neuropsychological test. "He has a history of elevated cholesterol, and is now on a low dose of Crestor".
Trump is now taking several types of daily medication, Jackson wrote, including aspirin; Rosuvastatin to lower cholesterol; Finasteride to aid in the prevention of male pattern hair loss; Ivermectin to treat rosaccea when needed; and a multivitamin product.
Trump's "overall health" is excellent, Jackson said, as is his "cardiac health".
The two presidents differ in their lifestyle choices.
Trump's food intake has a heavy focus on McDonald's, KFC and Oreo cookies, while he distrusts exercise - believing the human body comes with a finite amount of energy which is depleted by cardiovascular and resistance training.
Trump's doctor, however, said that he would be working on a plan to try to cut calories, fats and carbohydrates out of the president's diet "as much as we can".
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