Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

White House doctor gives Donald Trump clean bill of health

White House doctor gives Donald Trump clean bill of health

That number puts Trump on the cusp of — but just under — the obesity mark.

Jackson, who has watched over the health of U.S. presidents since 2013, revealed all about the current state of Donald Trump's physical and mental health during a press conference on Tuesday (16 January).

"Can you explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald's and fried chicken and all those Diet Cokes and never exercises is in as good of shape as he's in?" asked a reporter.

Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, directs the White House medical unit and has worked as a White House physician since 2006.

The screening was carried out using a test called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, on which Trump scored 30-30, Jackson said.

An example of the sort of test Mr Trump faced is available online.

"I was on a treadmill for the first time actually in quite a while, and it was at a very steep angle, and I was there for a very long time", he said.

"I had given the President some medication, specifically some Sudafed, the days previous and that dried up his secretions more than I meant to and that precipitated", Jackson said.

The physician, who was appointed to the White House post by President Barack Obama and retained by Trump, said that Trump's diet had changed since he took office.

Trump has also avoided alcohol and smoking, which could be helping his cause, his doctor says.

Donald Trump should be able to pass a physical.

Since becoming President, Trump has continued making similar claims, offering that he could score higher on an IQ test than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and claiming earlier this month that he is a "genius".

"Based on his cardiac assessment, hands down, there is no question he is in the excellent range", Trump added. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The older you get, the higher your risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

"He has absolutely no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever", Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters during a lengthy and detailed press conference, noting that the results from the president's mental fitness exam were "normal" and that he is "very sharp".

A doctor asks the patient to say as many words that begin with a single letter given by the doctor.

Jackson reported that the 6ft 3in president weighed in at 239lb, 3lb heavier than he was in September 2016. At the request of the president, Jackson remained at the podium until all the questions were answered.

Speaking in the White House briefing room Tuesday afternoon, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson described the results of four hours of physical and mental health testing on Friday.

Questions about Trump's fitness for office flared last week after a new book - Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff - asserted that nearly all of Trump's top staff and advisers believe he is mentally unwell.

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