The Next Hurdle for a Healthy Trump? Getting Some Exercise

Henrietta Brewer
January 25, 2018

Like most men of his age, President Donald Trump has a common form of heart disease, relatively easy to address if he increases the dose of his cholesterol-lowering medication and makes necessary lifestyle changes.

"Anything above 26 is normal, and certainly if you get a 30 out of 30, I think you can confidently assume that you're done on the cognitive workup for now", said Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, who on Friday spent three hours examining Trump with a team of doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Maryland. Those figures put him just barely under the obesity threshold in the body mass index calculation.

"When I asked him specifically about that test, he did then concede that, in fact, the president does have heart disease".

The skepticism gave way to a new movement called the "girther movement".


The term girther is a play on the well-established "birther" movement that appeared when right-wing activists opposed President Obama. Social media users are now asking Trump to step on a scale. He fired off a series of tweets in response to Trump's medical exam results. Early signs of dementia could be overlooked by the test and at least one psychiatrist, Dr. Brandy Lee, is calling for a full neuropsychiatric evaluation for the president. "Albert Pujols is 6'3" and 240 pounds. The President has even been offered $100,000 for the charity of his choice - if he will step on an accurate scale with an impartial doctor. At issue, the President's weight.

Ronny Jackson disclosed Trump's basic labs measurements, physical exam results and the conclusion of a cognitive exam, known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. "He is fit for duty", Dr Jackson said.

"He has a lot of energy and a lot of stamina", Jackson said of Trump, who is now 71 years old. "I've had absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or his neurological function".

"The president did excedingly well on it", Jackson said.


President Donald Trump has scored 30 out of 30 on a cognitive performance test created to detect signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition that represents a transitional stage between normal cognitive decline associated with aging and Alzheimer's disease.

In the past, Trump had medical exams conducted by his personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, who memorably claimed in 2015, "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

The briefing on Trump's physical by Jackson lasted nearly an hour.


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