When President Trump undergoes his annual medical examination on Friday, his first since taking office, I hope that his assessments include the specific tests that could readily determine if he suffers from a neuropsychiatric condition that could explain his erratic behavior and undermine his ability to perform his duties.
"The president's exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well".
Jackson added that "the president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday".
There is no formal requirement for presidents to undergo such a physical, but modern holders of the office have tended to undergo them anyway and receive doctors' notes indicating they are "fit to serve" as president.
Here in the United States, there is a lot of media interest in the president's health and Donald Trump was asked about his medical check-up by reporters yesterday.
The White House announced on December 28 that Trump would undergo a physical.
Trump shook hands with his physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, and then waved before boarding his helicopter.
Trump himself has pushed back hard against any suggestion that he's mentally unfit, declaring himself "a very stable genius". The president is traveling to Florida later in the day for the weekend.
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A review of the past five presidents' physical exams shows there has been no single format for releasing information about the President's health.
Many people have raised concerns over the tone of his relentless tweets and slurring of words on national TV.
Physical exams for presidents have been a norm since Richard Nixon, according to ABC News, but they aren't required.
Critics began openly questioning Trump's psyche last week following a tweet in which he said he has a bigger nuclear button than North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, and the publication of Fire and Fury, a book about the White House, in which anonymous Trump acquaintances questioned the president's stability. "Presidents, visiting dignitaries, kitchen help and.tourists get the same treatment", Dr. Connie Mariano, who was the physician to former President Bill Clinton, recalled in her 2010 book The White House Doctor: A Memoir as having once said.
It's not that Mr. Trump's mental fitness should not be evaluated - quite the contrary.
President Donald Trump will be the patient, not the commander in chief offering comfort, when he visits the Walter Reed military hospital.
The sitting president's routine medical check-up is not usually a topic that dominates headlines, but speculation about Trump's health has intensified in the early days of his second year in office.