Despite Trump's preference for primarily consuming red meat and chugging gallons of diet coke, coupled with a lack of an exercise regimen, the president is in tip-top shape according to a White House statement.
The physical took place on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, conducted by White House physician and a rear admiral in the Navy, Ronny L. Jackson.
The dubious statement said that the physical “went exceptionally well," and that Trump was in "Excellent health."
Skepticism around Mr. Trump's test results wasn't helped by the fact that the White House statement misspelled Dr. Jackson's name.
The White House statement did not include any data or test results from the president's physical.
Prior to the examination, a separate statement revealed that the 71-year old president would not undergo any psychological testing and other cognitive exams that would identify signs of mental disorders like dementia.
The statement provoked some apprehension about Trump's actual health given the administration's penchant for withholding specific information from the public. But such practice is hardly anything new in the history of the White House according to the New York Times.
In the past, physicians examining presidents have mischaracterized or hidden illnesses to present them as healthier: President Franklin D. Roosevelt readily acknowledged his polio, for instance, but his White House doctor hid the severe high blood pressure that led to heart failure.
Even Trump's personal physician for over three decades, Dr. Harold Bornstein, made the bold claim during the 2016 presidential campaign, saying, "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected."
Even 45 himself boasted, "I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!"
But Twitter still had their concerns.
Should we be concerned that, in one short year, his health has declined from "unequivocally" the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" to merely excellent relative to standard benchmarks for his particular age? That's a steep decline.— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 13, 2018
Can anyone point out the obvious, that no doctor speaks in such hyperbolic terms. This statement is a farce.— Lynn (@lynnv378) January 13, 2018
The juxtaposition between administrations is glaring.
By way of comparison if and when a more complete report is released next week, these were the sorts of reports released after Obama's medical exams.— Amy Sullivan (@sullivanamy) January 13, 2018
Note that those exams included "neurological" screenings. https://t.co/nIeobhyaKYhttps://t.co/UEh8xabQRZ https://t.co/fwTXml5wf8
Could good genetics support Trump's health?
If you have a genetic tendency toward,say, cardiac dz, you can lengthen your life by eating and living a certain way. You can avoid cancers by not smoking (etc.) Generally it is genes.— 🔆Sandee McMaster (@sandee_mcmaster) January 13, 2018
But if genetics were to come into play, Trump's future doesn't seem fruitful.
Hmm, isnt dementia the killer of most his family, including parents. 🤔— luc (@MhariKeezy) January 13, 2018
Maybe Trump’s ancestors had a knack for heart attacks during exercise. That’s why he refuses any physical activity.— SadDay4You (@SadDay4You) January 13, 2018