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Trump's Medical "Perfection"
"Healthiest Individual Ever Elected To The Presidency"
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By Ray Cunneff
January 13, 2017
At 71, the oldest president ever elected, overweight, living on a diet of KFC and McDonald's, always demanding that second scoop of ice cream, his only exercise a few steps from the golf cart to the ball, we are told Donald Trump is in “excellent health,” according to a tweet from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued on Friday following the president’s checkup, invoking the name of his White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson. (Notice where the quotation marks end.)
"The President’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center went exceptionally well. The President is in excellent health
and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday." Dr. Ronny Jackson
What may not have been readily apparent was that this tweet was actually damage control, cleaning up an earlier embarrassment in which a brief statement was released, supposedly from Dr. Jackson himself, in which he misspelled his own name as "Ronnie".
While we do not know what the actual medical evaluation will reveal, or if we'll ever have it made available, a pattern seems to be emerging that goes back to 2015 when Trump first announced his candidacy for president.
As a presidential candidate, I have instructed my long-time doctor to
issue, within two weeks, a full medical report - it will show perfection
Dr. Harold Bornstein in his New York office 2015 NBC News photo
Dr. Harold Bornstein, who had been Trump's personal physician for 35 years, said he wrote a letter declaring Trump would be the healthiest president in history in just five minutes while a limo sent by the candidate waited outside his Manhattan office.
"His health is excellent, especially his mental health," he said in an interview, although no one at that point had questioned the candidate's mental fitness. The four-paragraph letter, the only medical information released by Trump, declared that, if elected, Trump would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".
Concern about the president's mental fitness, as well as his true physical health, has escalated since the recent publication of Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House".
But it seems there's a good chance we'll never see actual evaluations of either.