by J. Krishna Moorthi:
President Donald Trump is in “excellent” health and has passed the cognitive test with flying colors, the White House physician said after the U.S. President underwent his annual medical check-up to quell questions about his health and his mental abilities.
It was Trump’s first physical examination as President amid speculation about his mental fitness for office, spurred by the publication of a damaging book that suggested Trump’s own aides worry about his stability. Later, Trump, 71, attempted to clarify matters, tweeting he was a “very stable genius.”
“All clinical data indicates that the President is currently very healthy, and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency.. the President’s health is excellent,” said Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson.
Dr. Jackson held an extraordinary news conference at the White House that lasted for about an hour. “A cognitive screening exam using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment was normal, with a score of 30 over 30,” he said.
This exam is conducted for cognitive disorders like Alzheimer disease. “There is no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues….he is very articulate when he speaks to me. And, I have never known him to repeat himself around me,” Jackson said.
Asked about a much-discussed episode in which the President seemed to slur his words during a televised speech in December about West Asia, Jackson said it might had been caused by Sudafed, a medicine for nasal congestion.