President Donald Trump registered a ideal score on a cognitive screening test as part of his physical examination taken last week, the White House physician said Tuesday, adding that Trump requested the test to rebut accusations that his mental faculties are declining.
Jackson's assessment of the president found Trump to be in "excellent health", but many members of the press wondered how this could be the case considering his lack of exercise.
Trump, 71, is 6-foot-3 and his weight is 239 pounds, which is considered overweight by the medical community and just short of obese, Jackson said. Trump has previously responded to media speculation about his mental health, and MSNBC's Hallie Jackson asked the doctor whether he is mentally fit to be president.
Jackson said Trump requested a cognitive exam to put the issue of his mental fitness to rest.
In the past, Trump had medical exams conducted by his personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, who memorably claimed in 2015, "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency". She read a letter written by Richard Tubb, a former physician to the president who trained Jackson and vouched for his integrity. He did say that Trump would benefit from losing 10 to 15 pounds from a combination of improving his diet and starting an exercise regimen.
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"Absolutely, he's fit for duty", Jackson said.
President Trump was given an excellent chance of exceeding the average life expectancy for an American man, which the National Centre for Health Statistics places at 78.6.
This, Dr. Jackson stated, rules out the need to do any other cognitive assessment at this time.
Trump is now taking several types of daily medication, Jackson wrote, including aspirin; Rosuvastatin to lower cholesterol; Finasteride to aid in the prevention of male pattern hair loss; Ivermectin to treat rosaccea when needed; and a multivitamin product.
Barack Obama appointed Jackson as his own presidential physician, a role that has continued under Trump. His blood pressure was 122/74, within normal bounds, and his cholesterol was on the high side, Jackson said.
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In terms of recent allegations that Trump repeats himself - as revealed in Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" - Dr. Jackson said that on a day-to-day basis, "he's very articulate when he speaks to me, he doesn't repeat himself around me". While presidents aren't required to have a physical or release the results, it has become standard practice. He also takes a low-dose aspirin for heart health.
He recognizes the irony of his test having helped a president who kept out war refugees, promoted a Muslim travel ban, is working to end chain migration where relatives help other relatives immigrate and reportedly used crude terms during Oval Office meetings to describe poor countries immigrants come from.
Trump's team: Who left in the first year?Jackson said he hopes to bring down the LDL or "bad cholesterol" score with diet, exercise and statin medication.
"Incredibly good genes", Jackson answered at one point.
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