Trump Gets First Presidential Medical Checkup

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

"The President is in excellent health", said Jackson after he conducted the first physical exam of the 45th President of the United states.

Jackson, Trump's physician, is a Navy rear admiral who was the emergency medicine doctor for a shock trauma platoon in Taqaddum, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to his Navy bio.

Presidents are not required to undergo medical exams or tests of their physical or mental fitness for the job.

But conclusions about Trump's mental acuity were not expected.

Annual medical exams for the president are a tradition that goes back decades.

Jackson will take questions from reporters on the president's health on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Past physicals have also provided a glimpse into the president's habits. Trump responded to the criticism by calling himself a "very stable genius" in a tweet and by allowing cameras to film him negotiating immigration legislation with senators at the White House for 55 minutes on Tuesday.

Questions about his mental health intensified this month after the publication of a book in which his closest advisers are said to have questioned his mental abilities.

Previous presidents' medical reports have summarized medication use, medical history, vital statistics - including blood pressure and weight - and basic laboratory results on metrics like cholesterol and blood sugar.

The exam is a standard one that anyone in their 70s would have - checking cholesterol and lipid (fat-like substances found in the blood) levels, evaluating blood pressure, vision and sight function, and screening for cancer, heart disease and any other age-related issue.

Dr. Jackson has been a physician to the President for three consecutive administrations.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, he published a letter from his long-term doctor Harold Bornstein that stated he was in "excellent physical health".

"I think it's going to go very well", the president predicted. He does, however, drink gallons of Diet Coke per week, cans of which he summons with a red button.

The White House determines what data will be released from the exam.

The 71-year-old has repeatedly claimed to be in immaculate health himself, and ramped up that defence following the release of reports last week that suggested he was mentally unfit.

Doctors who have performed presidential physicals said the task of releasing information that is ordinarily bound by strict privacy rules can prove daunting. Now, the position is part of the White House Medical Unit, founded in 1945, which falls under the White House Military Office.

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