WASHINGTON – White House doctor Ronny Jackson says President Donald Trump is “in excellent health” following his physical Friday.
In a brief statement, Jackson said, “The President’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well. The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.”
Doctors and nurses poked and prodded Trump on Friday during his first known medical checkup since taking office, the results of which will provide the most accurate gauge yet of how a year being commander in chief has worn on the presidential frame.
Will they show he’s gained weight since his last medical report, which noted he tipped the scales at 236 pounds? Or will his cholesterol have changed from the normal readings reported in 2016 after a steady diet of red meat, ice cream and Diet Coke?
Those questions will likely be answered by next week, when the White House says the results of the exam will be released. Trump, 71, will have the final say on what readings are made public. And Jackson will present some details of his examination from the briefing room.
If Trump had any patient’s apprehension going into his exam — which he flew to aboard his Marine One helicopter — he didn’t let on.
“I think it’s going to go very well. I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t,” he had said Thursday when asked by a reporter about his expectations for the doctor’s appointment.
Check-ups are voluntary
Presidents are not required to undergo medical exams or tests of their physical or mental fitness for the job. But for the past several decades, all presidents have. Usually the results buffer their standing as healthy, capable leaders.
After a week of questions about Trump’s mental fitness spurred by a damaging new book, the White House said the doctor’s exam would not include any psychiatric tests. Previous presidential physicals also mostly excluded mental acuity readings, at least any that were disclosed to the public.
President George W. Bush’s first physical was conducted by a panel that included a gastroenterologist, radiologist, optometrist, neurologist, orthopedist, audiologist, dermatologist, otolaryngologist, pulmonologist, urologist, cardiologist and podiatrist — but no psychiatrist or psychologist, at least none that was publicly disclosed.
A review of the past five presidents’ physical exams shows there has been no single format for releasing information about the President’s health. Typical readings to emerge have included the President’s height, weight, body mass index (which indicates whether an individual is normal weight, overweight or obese), resting heart rate and blood pressure.