Trump to undergo first medical checkup as president

Trump to undergo first medical checkup as president

They also underscore the importance of Jackson carrying out the evaluation of Trump's mental health and neurological functioning (and making appropriate referrals) by pointing out that an expert group tasked with assessing a president's neurological status-as former President Jimmy Carter proposed-has not yet materialized.

While the exams are not mandatory, modern presidents typically undergo them regularly and release a doctor's report declaring they are "fit for duty".

Trump's first physical exam as commander in chief will take place Friday.

"I think it's going to go very well", Trump said.

Trump will not undergo a psychiatric exam, the White House said. When asked about it, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said questions about Trump's health were "frankly, pretty ridiculous" and blamed his slurred speech on a dry throat, "nothing more than that".

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Two months before the November 2016 election, Trump released a five-paragraph letter from his longtime physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, who concluded that Trump was "in excellent physical health". And to that point, Trump said he'd be "very surprised" if it didn't.

Curious about President Trump's health? Mr Trump launched a re-election committee within weeks of taking office in January 2017.

Unlike previous presidents, Trump does not run or cycle, preferring instead to get his exercise on the golf course.

The president loves fast food, well-done steaks with ketchup, chocolate cake, ice cream and is said to drink 12 Diet Cokes a day.

Dr. Ronny Jackson, a Navy rear admiral who is the president's official physician and director of the White House medical unit, is coordinating the exam. Jackson provided care for President Barack Obama, conducting and supervising the last of three physicals Obama had during his eight years in office. A year after that, while Jackson was still in Iraq, the George W. Bush administration selected him to be a White House physician under Air Force Brigadier General Richard Tubb.

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