Trump Undergoes Second Presidential Physical


09 February 2019, 03:29


Doctors gave U.S. President Donald Trump his annual checkup Friday. It was the second such exam of his presidency, VOA news reports.

Trump, 72, arrived aboard the Marine One helicopter at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He waved to a group of journalists before stepping into a large, black sport utility vehicle for a drive of less than 1 minute to the President’s Zone of the 98-hectare hospital run by the U.S. military just outside Washington, in Bethesda, Md.

Friday’s four-hour examination and medical tests were overseen by acting White House doctor Sean Conley, an emergency medicine physician who holds the rank of commander in the Navy.

White House officials hoped this year’s examination would prove less controversial than last year’s, when questions were raised about the president’s health.

The White House doctor at the time, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, declared Trump to be in “excellent health,” attributing his condition to “incredibly good genes.”

The doctor also declared that he had told the president he “might live to be 200 years old” if Trump would just eat food that was more healthful.

After the 2018 physical, Jackson told reporters the president weighed 108 kilograms (238 pounds) and could reasonably lose approximately 4 to 7 kilograms (9 to 15 pounds).

Jackson later was nominated by Trump to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, but the admiral withdrew his name after allegations of misconduct surfaced, including accusations that he had improperly dispensed medication. The admiral denied the allegations, which Trump called “lies.”

The president subsequently recommended Jackson for a military promotion and recently promoted him to White House chief medical adviser.

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