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Trump to undergo his first physical exam since taking office

By Sheetal Sukhija, Vermont State News
13 Jan 2018, 04:42 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, U.S. - A highly anticipated first Presidential medical checkup has been lined up for U.S. President Donald Trump and questions of whether a mental health checkup would be part of the test are circling around the country.

According to reports, Trump is set to undergo his first physical exam since taking office and the exam will be overseen by Dr. Ronny Jackson, who is a Navy rear admiral who directs the White House medical unit.

The test will be conducted at Walter Reed National Medical Center outside Washington, D.C.

The move, which is set to offer a rare public snapshot of the 71-year-old leader's health.

"I think it's going to go very well," Trump told reporters Thursday. "I'll be very surprised if it doesn't."

Previous information about Trump's health came from his personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein.

In 2015, Dr. Bornstein famously declared that Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." 

Later however, he provided a more elaborate account of Trump's medical status, which was unveiled amid much drama during a televised sit-down the then-Presidential candidate had with celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz in September 2016.

So far, it is not clear how much information Trump will share about Friday's work-up.

In an official statement, White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Dr Jackson will brief reporters on the results on Tuesday.

She said she expects Trump will be about as forthcoming as his predecessors. 

The Previous similar health tests conducted on former Presidents Barack Obama and George Bush summarized their test results and pronounced the leaders healthy and likely to remain so for the duration of their time in office.

However, with the debate on Trump’s mental stability to govern the country dominating much of the conversation in Washington and beyond, reports said that a psychiatric evaluation of Trump will, unfortunately not form a post of Friday’s test of the “very stable genius.”

In 2016, Trump's physical examination listed his weight as 267 pounds, which Dr. Oz described as "slightly overweight." 

If reports are to be believed, Trump currently gets very little physical exercise and uses a cart during his frequent golf outings. 

His diet consists heavily of fast food, red meat and Diet Coke.

Earlier reports revealed that Trump takes a statin to control cholesterol, baby aspirin to prevent heart attacks and Propecia to treat male-pattern baldness and he doesn't smoke or consume alcohol.

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