The White House doctor released on Jan. 16 the results of President Donald Trump’s comprehensive medical exam, including a perfect score on a cognitive assessment.
In addition to being in excellent overall health, Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, according to White House doctor Ronny Jackson.
Jackson explained that he did not intend to perform a cognitive exam because one is not indicated currently and because he has daily interactions with the president. Nevertheless, Trump insisted on taking one.
“I’ve spent almost every day in the president’s presence since last year,” Jackson said. “We have conversations about many things. Most don’t revolve around medical issues at all. I got to know him pretty well. I’ve had absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or his neurological function.”
In recent weeks, mainstream media outlets have seized on comments made about the president’s mental state in an anti-Trump book written by a gossip columnist with a reputation for distorting the truth.
Trump fired back at those media reports, saying that he is a “very stable genius.” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called questions about the president’s health “disgraceful and laughable.”
Jackson said that if Trump had any kind of mental issue, the Montreal assessment would be sensitive enough to pick it up. The Montreal exam is well respected and universally accepted, the doctor added. Any score above 26 is normal.
In addition to a perfect score on the cognitive exam, Jackson assessed the president’s overall health as being excellent.
“The president’s overall health is excellent. His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good,” Jackson said. “He continues to enjoy the significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol.”
According to the result of the medical exam, Trump is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 239 pounds. The president has a resting heart rate of 68 and a blood pressure reading of 122 over 74. Jackson said the president has an above-average exercise capacity based on his age and sex.
Jackson reported normal results for exams of the president’s vision, head, ears, nose, neck, heart, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal, neurological, and urinary systems. Trump has full motion in all joints.
The doctor also reported readings for cholesterol (223), triglycerides (129), HDL (67), and LDL (143).
Trump takes a low dose of the medicine Crestor to regulate his cholesterol. He also takes aspirin for cardiac health, Propecia for hair loss, and a multivitamin for overall health, and uses a cream for rosacea, the doctor reported.
The president’s physicians discussed health goals for the year ahead with him, which include losing 10 to 15 pounds and lowering his LDL count. Jackson said that Trump was more enthusiastic about changing his diet than exercising, but agreed to work on both.
“All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” Jackson concluded.