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White House doctor gives Trump clean bill of health

18 January 2018

The results of Donald Trump's first presidential physical were revealed on Tuesday during a White House press briefing and, for the most part, the Commander in Chief received a clean bill of health.

Jackson, who has been the lead White House doctor since 2013, said that he has interacted with the president several times a day for the past year and saw no need for a cognitive test. Jackson said that the president is "very sharp" in their conversations and does not repeat himself.

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah has a theory about how President Donald Trump's annual physical results showed nearly no health problems: dictator blood.

Jackson said he would increase Trump's daily dose of Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering drug, and bring in a nutritionist to work with White House chefs.

"It is called genetics".

"I've got to know him pretty well".

"It's a screening assessment that we use routinely in the clinics to determine whether someone has some degree of cognitive impairment or not", he said.

Jackson said Trump urged the doctor to "answer every question" the media had before he stepped up to the podium, and he did so with gusto during an nearly hour-long briefing with the media, in a remarkable show of transparency. The doctor said he had "absolutely no concerns" about Trump's cognitive abilities.

Jackson also noted that Trump has abstained from alcohol and tobacco for his entire life, which contributed to his relatively good health. The doctor said he would also design a daily exercise program for Trump. The president's body mass index comes in at 29.9, making him overweight, and almost obese. A BMI of 30 and over is considered obese. He said that as far as he knows, Trump is not now engaging in any specific exercise at all.

"It is concerning because you can start to say well, if you do nothing different, if things don't change, you can start to predict the likelihood of having some sort of heart event-cardiac event, a heart attack, or something like that-within a certain number of years, and you see the trajectory of President Trump's numbers", Gupta said.

"I mean I walk, I this, I that", Trump said. The question arose after a week of speculation about the President's mental fitness for office, spurred by the publication of a damaging book that suggested Trump's own aides worry about his stability. Jackson said Tuesday that there were no readings he was withholding. Trump released his health history in 2016 on controversial TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz's show.

#FYI: The Montreal Cognitive Assessment that Trump took includes remembering a list of spoken words, listening to a list of random numbers and repeating them backward, naming as many words in a minute that begin with, say, the letter F as possible, accurately drawing a cube, and describing concrete ways that two objects - like a train and a bicycle - are alike.

Cognitive assessments aren't routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare's annual wellness visits for seniors.

Last week, a group of more than 70 mental health professionals sent a public letter to Jackson that urged him to evaluate Trump's mental faculties during the exam.

White House doctor gives Trump clean bill of health