Trump's doctor says president 'healthy,' has no cognitive issues

Wednesday, 17 Jan, 2018

Navy doctor Ronny Jackson administered Trump's first presidential physical.

Trump scored a flawless 30/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), which Dr. Jackson noted is "well-respected", extensive and screens for any type of cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer's). That number puts Trump on the cusp of - but just under - the obesity mark.

Based on the blood profile and other health parameters, Jackson said he has recommended diet and exercise plan for the president for weight loss.

President Donald Trump asked that a cognitive test be included as part of his first physical exam.

Jackson said Trump, who has recently faced a swirl of speculation about his mental fitness, had himself requested a cognitive test in which he performed "exceedingly well". "There's no indication that he has any cognitive issues..."

Jackson describes Trump as "very sharp" and "very articulate when he speaks to me".

Because of the Sudafed, Dr. Jackson said - as Sarah Huckabee Sanders has before - Trump's throat was "dried up".

"He continues to enjoy the significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol", he added.

Jackson said he chose to raise Trump's dosage of the cholesterol medicine after Friday's exam.

Jackson said although it would be "great" if Trump slept more, "I don't think that's likely to happen".

Also holding events at Trump properties were oil and mining interests, representatives of the vaping industry and a college football team, the report said.

While reviews of the past five presidents' physical exams show only a brief mention of mental health and none of the records includes a readout of the mental health tests, this letter points out that mental evaluations are routine during physicals, particularly for patients who are 66 or older.

Trump is the oldest person ever elected as U.S. president for the first time, and his decisions during his first year in office have raised plenty of hackles (most recently, he reportedly called a number of countries "s***holes" from which the United States did not want migrants). He told reporters on Tuesday that the president's cardiac health is strong and that there are no concerns about any memory or cognitive issues.

Jackson held an extraordinary news conference at the White House that lasted for about an hour.

Jackson reports that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds - three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016.

"I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term, and even for the remainder of another term, if he is elected", Jackson said.

Because Trump has blustered about his health before, there had been suspicions among some critics that the White House might hide evidence that he is mentally or physically unfit for office. Questions about Trump's mental fitness have been raised following comments attributed to some of his close advisers in a new book, and his recent slurring of words on national TV. The doctor read a summary of the results before answering press questions for just under 50 minutes - in the middle of which he assured reporters that the president "wants me up here".