A White House physician declared Tuesday that President Donald Trump is in “excellent” overall health and that he performed “well” on a cognitive screening exam, while noting the commander in chief could benefit from a low-fat diet and additional exercise.
“All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” Dr. Ronny Jackson said at the daily White House news briefing during a nearly hourlong question-and-answer period with reporters.
Jackson added that during the physical on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he performed some cognitive testing at the president’s behest and that Trump “did well on it.” He noted the exam was limited to a screening for cognitive impairment and was not part of a larger psychological examination.
Trump, according to Jackson, is 6-foot-3, 239 pounds. The doctor said that he and Trump discussed losing weight and exercising, which he recommended, and that the president expressed “he would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds.”
Currently, Jackson added, Trump “doesn’t have a dedicated, defined exercise program.”
Jackson recommended that the president begin a diet lower in fats and carbohydrates. The doctor also noted the president’s history of “elevated cholesterol” in recommending that he mix up his dieting habits.
While Jackson praised Trump’s overall health, he acknowledged that the president’s body mass index puts him just shy of an obesity classification.
“The president’s acknowledged that he would be healthier if he lost a few pounds and that’s what we’re going to try to do,” Jackson said. He noted Trump was more “enthusiastic” about the prospects of losing weight through dieting than exercising.
Jackson added that Trump, who is known to enjoy drinking soda daily and to occasionally consume fast foods and sweets, could attribute much of his health to “genetics.”
“He has incredibly good genes, and it’s just the way God made him,” Jackson said.
According to an examination conducted by TV personality Dr. Oz with Trump in September 2016, Trump weighed 236 pounds at the time. Despite similarly indicating he would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds then, the president has since gained three.
The president’s medication regimen, Jackson said, includes 81 milligrams daily of aspirin for cardiac health, 10 milligrams daily for Crestor for cholesterol and 1 milligram daily of Propecia for hair-loss prevention, as well as daily multi-vitamins and Soolantra Cream as needed for rosacea.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Jackson said, urged him to answer all questions regarding the president’s health during the lengthy, wide-ranging briefing.
Jackson said last week that Trump was in “excellent health” shortly after conducting his annual physical at Walter Reed on Friday.
Trump has faced growing questions about his mental health, prompting dozens of psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health professionals to send a letter to the president’s physician on Thursday urging him to evaluate Trump’s neurological health.
The White House has dismissed the speculation, with Trump calling himself “very smart” and a “stable genius” on Twitter earlier this month.
The White House said tests of mental fitness were not a part of Friday’s physical.
Trump said prior to the exam that he’d be “surprised” if it didn’t go well.
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