Trump in ‘Very Good Health,’ Physician Says After Annual Exam


Then-presidential physician Ronny Jackson previous year released results from Trump's medical exam showing he was borderline obese - weighing 239 pounds at 6 feet, 3 inches tall - but declared the president to be "fit for duty" and in "excellent health".

"Over the course of approximately four hours, I performed and supervised the evaluation with a panel of 11 different board-certified specialists", said Dr. Sean Conley in a memo for White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. "Absolutely", Jackson said at the time.

"While the reports and recommendations are being finalized, I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond", Conley said in a memo sent to White House reporters. At the first physical of his presidency, which took place a year ago, he was found to weigh 239lb (108kg) and have a cholesterol level that is slightly higher than recommended.

Conley adds that the 72-year-old president did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia. Things can happen that all the medical tests in the world could never see coming, and they're much more likely to happen when you are in your 70s.

The admiral denied the allegations, which Trump called "lies", the president subsequently recommended him for a second star (higher military rank), and the president recently promoted him to White House chief medical adviser.

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Presidents aren't required to have an annual medical exam or to release any of the results, but Trump's recent predecessors have undergone regular exams and typically released summaries of the findings.

The Washington Post's Philip Bump first coined that term back when Harold Bornstein was issuing completely unserious reviews of the then-presidential candidate's health. He makes no secret of preferring a diet of red meat, fast food and candies. Nor has he been known to enter the White House gym for a workout. He also said of Trump: "He has incredibly good genes, and it's just the way God made him".

The president rather infamously ordered burgers from McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King, fries, pizza and some salads for the champion Clemson Tigers football team when the visited the White House last month.

"The president received a diet and exercise plan..."