Trump has received physical checkup as president


Trump won't undergo a psychiatric exam as part of the physical, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

RTÉ's Washington Correspondent Brian O'Donovan looks ahead as US President Donald Trump is set to undergo his first medical examination since taking office. "It's very easy. Treat me fairly".

Presidential physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson will release a written statement Friday following the exam and take questions from reporters on the president's health on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

In that September 2016 program, a letter from Trump's longtime personal physician, Harold Bornstein, revealed that Trump was 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighed 236 pounds, ABC News reported. "Before voting for the highest office in the land, Americans have a right to know whether an individual has the physical and mental fitness to serve as president", he said.

During Trump's campaign, his personal physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein of Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital, wrote in a December 2015 letter: "Over the past 39 years, I am pleased to report that Mr. Trump has had no significant medical problems". Jackson didn't respond to an interview requested through the White House, and a White House spokesman declined to comment.

Since the start of the twentieth century, at least 14 of the 20 presidents prior to Trump suffered from a significant health complication while in office, the full extents of which were kept secret in some cases, according to an analysis by Aaron Seth Kesselheim, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

A reporter asked Trump on Thursday how he thought Friday's physical would go. The president is traveling to Florida later in the day for the weekend.

Donald Trump has been slammed by disbelieving users online for saying "you can't say things that are knowingly false". Under the First Amendment people are free to denigrate and offend the president or anyone else, a freedom with which the president should be well-acquainted given his own penchant for insulting political opponents.

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Trump's physical health has been questioned and is often the subject of mystery. His diet is heavy on fast food, red meat and Diet Coke.

He also said Trump took Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering statin; a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks; antibiotics to treat skin rosacea; and Propecia for baldness.

Famously, Trump has never smoked and drunk alcohol as his alcoholic brother Fred died aged just 43.

Mr Trump himself sparked a storm of speculation last month when he appeared to slur words during a nationally televised address. Sanders blamed that on a dry throat.

More significantly, his mental fitness for office has been under question following revelations in the book, prompting Trump to tackle the issue head-on in an extraordinary series of tweets on Saturday when he declared that he was a "very stable genius".

At the cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump also complained about television news coverage of his negotiations with members of Congress on Wednesday.

However, nearly since he announced he was running for office, questions about Trump's mental health have lingered.

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