White House Doctor Says Trump Is in ‘Excellent Health’ After Exam
The White House doctor reported that President Donald Trump is in excellent health after conducting the first medical exam of Trump’s presidency on Friday, Jan. 12.
Trump traveled to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for a three-hour exam. White House doctor Ronny Jackson said the exam went “exceptionally well.”
“The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday,” Jackson said in a White House statement.
Trump, 71, will get the final say about which of the medical data collected during the exam is released to the public on Tuesday, when Jackson will brief the media.
On the way to the exam, Trump was optimistic about the results.
“I think it’s going to go very well. I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t,” he had said Thursday, according to CNN.
The exam looked into key health metrics, including the president’s blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate, and weight, Fox News reported.
Medical exams are optional, but modern presidents usually undergo them. There is no set format for how the results are released. The data made public usually include the president’s height, weight, body mass index, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Past exams also included the president’s vision, gastrointestinal system, thyroid, and cardiac rhythms.
Prior to the 2016 election, Trump’s longtime doctor, Harold Bornstein, released a letter saying that Trump is “in excellent physical health.”
The letter reported Trump’s weight at 236 pounds, height at 6 feet 3 inches, and blood pressure at 116/70. The doctor also reported normal results for Trump’s heart, liver, thyroid, and colon exams.
A year prior to that, in 2015, Bornstein released a similar letter.
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” Bornstein wrote.
Jackson, Trump’s White House physician, is a rear admiral in the Navy and holds the title of physician to the president. Jackson is part of the White House Medical Unit, which is under the White House Military Office, according to Newsweek.
Jackson hails from Levelland, Texas. He studied marine biology at Texas A&M University and went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, reported Newsweek.