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February 24, 2019

Trump’s ‘in very good health,’ presidential doctor says without providing any physical exam results

February 9, 2019
President Trump waves from his vehicle as he heads to Marine One at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for his annual physical exam. (Susan Walsh / AP)

President Trump — a well-known fast food aficionado who doesn’t like to exercise — is extraordinarily healthy and will remain so for the duration of his time in office, his physician said Friday.

Sean Conley, a U.S. Navy commander and personal doctor to Trump, made the declaration after conducting the President’s annual physical at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

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“While the reports and recommendations are being finalized, I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond,” Conley said in a statement issued by the White House.

The exam took four hours, Conley said. The 72-year-old President did not undergo any procedures that required sedation or anesthesia.

It was not clear why Conley didn’t release at least some of the results of the exam immediately. A White House spokesman declined to comment.

The Friday physical marks Trump’s second since taking office.

His last exam prompted some controversy after physician Ronny Jackson revealed the President was just one pound shy of clinical obesity at 239 pounds.

Nonetheless, Jackson hauled praise on the President’s health but said he could probably use some exercise and healthier eating habits.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters before Trump’s physical on Friday that the President hasn’t followed Jackson’s advice “religiously.”

Speculation about Trump’s mental health was widespread ahead of last year’s physical, which came in part in response to releases of several tell-all books citing White House officials as expressing concern about whether the President was cognitively fit to serve.

Jackson in turn conducted a rudimentary mental health screening test on the President and he said he scored perfectly.

After the exam, Trump tapped Jackson to become the secretary of Veterans Affairs, but he rescinded his nomination amid reports that he had been drinking on the job and been abusive to subordinates.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump’s Friday exam featured a mental health component.

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