White House doctor declares Trump 'in excellent health'

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he leaves with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. Carlos Barria Reuters  file

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he leaves with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. Carlos Barria Reuters file

The White House physician announced Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE is in "excellent health" following his first physical exam as commander in chief.

Dr. Ronny Jackson gave the exam to Trump at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., right before the president departed for a holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.

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Past presidents are not known to have been tested for mental acuity while in office - including Ronald Reagan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years after leaving the White House.

Dr. Jackson has been a physician to the President for three consecutive administrations.

When he was running for office, Trump released a glowing report from his personal physician in NY, who said Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

No, the exam will not evaluate Trump's mental health.

Physical exams for presidents have been a norm since Richard Nixon, according to ABC News, but they aren't required.

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The public report from Trump's upcoming exam was also likely to be short and sweet, said George Annas, head of the Center for Health Law, Ethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health.

He also said Trump took Crestor, a cholesterol lowering statin; a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks; antibiotics to treat skin rosacea; and Propecia for baldness.

Trump has claimed his physical health has always been strong.

What precisely will be disclosed about the President's health isn't yet clear.

Trump, 71, is the oldest person elected president and has made public his affinity for fast food and disdain for exercise outside of golf.

It's a tradition for presidents to release the results of their annual physicals.

"You have to remember if there is something wrong with a president that kicks him out of office, everyone who comes with him leaves".

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