Trump's 'overall health is excellent' says doctor, weight loss a goal

Trump's 'overall health is excellent' says doctor, weight loss a goal

But the president, who told the authors of the book "Trump Revealed" that he believes the body is like a battery with a finite amount of energy that exercise only depletes, doesn't sound like he's ready to hit the gym anytime soon.

Jackson told reporters Trump scored 30/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to its website is a "cognitive screening test created to assist Health Professionals in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease".

Jackson said he has "no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues".

The writer is a physician.

Dr Ronny Jackson said the US President was "fit for duty" and that he aced the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), which tests for mild cognitive impairment including early memory loss.

Sen. Dick Durbin asserted Tuesday that President Donald Trump called certain African nations "shithole countries" during a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform at the White House last week, despite evolving explanations from some Republicans. Slightly less exuberance would be more believable.

Jackson, who has been the lead White House doctor since 2013, said that he has interacted with the president several times a day for the past year and saw no need for a cognitive test. Jackson said that the president is "very sharp" in their conversations and does not repeat himself.

"His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good, he continues to enjoy the significant, long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol", Jackson said.

President Trump's diagnosis needs a second opinion. "All clinical data indicates the president is very healthy and would remain so for the duration of his presidency".

"I'm totally unaware of this ever being done before", Jackson said Tuesday when asked whether such a test had ever been given to a president as part of his routine exam.

As far as he knows, Jackson said this is the first time a doctor has performed a cognitive assessment on a president.

"You've seen the comments in the press".

However, McCain said gaining traction with Democrats isn't enough since they already, for the most part, support DACA.

Asked by reporters if he has spoken to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following his refusal to answer the question during a Wall Street Journal interview last week, Trump again did not answer the question.

Jackson said that there is no reason Trump wouldn't be able to complete his first term healthwise, in addition to a second term if re-elected.

"He did. He had a - so technically, he has nonclinical atherosclerotic coronary - coronary atherosclerosis", Jackson said.

Trump also has no heart disease and no family history of it.

Queried by a skeptical reporter how Trump could be in such great shape for his age despite a reputation for frequently enjoying unhealthy fast foods, such as hamburgers and fried chicken, Jackson replied that "some people just have great genes".

The MoCA test Trump took includes exercises to the likes of remembering a list of spoken words; listening to a list of random numbers and repeating them backward; naming as many words that begin with, say, the letter F as possible within a minute; accurately drawing a cube; and describing concrete ways that two objects - like a train and a bicycle - are alike.

But Trump, whose height and weight puts him at borderline obese, said he would be willing to reduce portions of his White House meals.

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