Doctor Says Trump in Good Health for ‘the Duration of His Presidency and Beyond’

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
February 8, 2019 Updated: February 8, 2019

It’s reckoning time: President Donald Trump had his annual medical exam on Feb. 8, a year after his doctor advised him to up the exercise and cut the calories.

Trump spent more than four hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a checkup supervised by Dr. Sean P. Conley, his physician, and involving a panel of 11 specialists.

“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 wrote afterward.

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President Donald Trump returns to the White House after receiving his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, on Feb. 8, 2019. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

He did not go into detail except to say Trump did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia. He said reports and recommendations stemming from the exam were still being finalized. It’s unclear how much more detail will be released in the coming days.

Last year, Trump clocked in at 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds. He had a body mass index, or BMI, of 29.9, putting him in the category of being overweight for his height. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

His doctor then said the president was in “excellent health” but would do well to drop 10 to 15 pounds and shift to a low-fat, low-carb diet and take up a more defined exercise routine.

One of the big questions Friday was how well Trump heeded that advice.

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President Donald Trump boards Marine One upon departure from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Feb. 8, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump, 72, doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke, but he’s not a big fan of the gym either. His primary form of exercise is golf. And he says he gets plenty of walking in around the White House complex.

As for his diet, Trump’s love of fast food remains. Last month, he invited the college football champion Clemson Tigers to the White House during the partial government shutdown. With the White House kitchen too understaffed to cater a meal, Trump stepped in: He ordered burgers, french fries, and pizza.

A Clemson player carries fast food hamburgers provided due to the partial government shutdown as the 2018 College Football Playoff National Champion Clemson Tigers are welcomed in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, on Jan. 14, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Modern-day presidents have undergone regular exams to catch any potential problems but also to assure the public that they are fit for office, something Trump’s doctor last year took to an extraordinary level.

After Trump’s first exam as president, Dr. Ronny Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, declared Trump to be in “excellent health.” He also said of Trump: “He has incredibly good genes, and it’s just the way God made him.”

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Marine One departs from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after U.S. President Donald Trump received his annual physical in Bethesda, Md., on Feb. 8, 2019. (Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

Last year, doctors checked the president’s eyes; ears, nose, and throat; heart; lungs; gastrointestinal tract; skin; and teeth. Neurological, cognitive and stress tests were also performed. Trump’s hearing was not tested. The exam stretched past four hours.

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