Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

White House Doctor: President Trump in 'excellent' health

White House Doctor: President Trump in 'excellent' health

Jackson said he's confident that Trump has a "very strong and a very probable possibility" of completing his presidency "with no medical issues". But the Navy and Marines veteran still managed to raise some eyebrows with comments about Trump's "incredible genes".

"The president's overall health is excellent", he said, repeating "excellent" eight times: "Hands down, there's no question that he is in the excellent range". Jackson said that Trump's blood pressure is 122 over 74.

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was so effusive in extolling the totally incredible, surpassingly marvelous, superbly stupendous and extremely awesome health of the president that the doctor sounded nearly Trumpian.

Alice Butler Short, founder of Virginia Women for Trump, believes that the president will "go down in history for what he has done for this country".

Skepticism was raised when this statement was released because, as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow pointed out Friday, the White House misspelled Dr. Jackson's name.

He said the testing was conducted at the President's wishes, and the results were normal.

Undergoing this physical is voluntary, and Trump can pick and choose what the public hears about his health.

President Donald Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening.

"I find no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process", Jackson said.

The examination took place on Friday toward the end of a week in which Trump's mental fitness for the job had come under intense scrutiny after a controversial book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, portrayed him as childlike.

"He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we're going to both", Jackson said, adding that he might enlist first lady Melania Trump to help.

Trump is considered overweight and borderline obese at 6 feet 3 inches (1.9 meters) tall and 239 pounds (108 kg). Jackson has worked at the White House since 2006 and participated in several presidential physicals, overseeing two of President Barack Obama's exams.

But Mishori cautioned that despite good results on his cardiac exams, Trump is at increased risk of cardiovascular disease because of his age, weight, sedentary lifestyle and cholesterol level. Jackson said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Trump's so-called "bad" cholesterol, or LDL level, below 120; it now is 143. It has never been done on any other president he has tended to over the years, Jackson said.

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