The doctor who cared for President Obama and serves as President Trump's White House physician said Tuesday that the president received a flawless score on a cognitive test created to screen for neurological impairment, which the military doctor said was evidence that Trump does not suffer from mental issues that prevent him from functioning in office.
"He came to me and said, 'Is there something we can do, some kind of test to assess my cognitive ability?' So I looked into it", Jackson said. The President, famously, does not drink or smoke, citing his late brother's death after a long struggle with alcoholism.
Ronny Jackson disclosed Trump's basic labs measurements, physical exam results and the conclusion of a cognitive exam, known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.
Jackson has been a well-regarded doctor.
'I get exercise. I mean I walk, I this, I that, ' Trump, 71, said during an Oval Office interview.
"I don't think he does that anymore", Jackson said, referring to the president's preference for fast food on the campaign trail.More news: Australian Open: Maria Sharapova sets up 3rd round tie against Angelique Kerber
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Do not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to hit the gym, despite his doctor's orders.
Dr Jackson's highly-anticipated report came after the USA leader carried out a physical examination last Friday. "He's eating what the [White House] chefs are cooking for him and they're cooking a much healthier diet for him now".
But, Mishori cautioned that despite good results on his cardiac exams, Trump is at increased risk of cardiovascular disease because of his age, weight, sedentary lifestyle and cholesterol level.
Following the president's tweet claiming he has a bigger nuclear button than North Korea Kim Jong Un, many critics began openly questioning his mental status. He said Trump is just within the "overweight range".
"It's not a diagnostic test, but it's pretty sensitive in picking up subtle changes in cognition", things involving memory, attention and language but not mental health issues, said Dr. Ranit Mishori, professor of family medicine at Georgetown University, who performs these types of routine physicals.
Once he is up, Trump spends most of his morning in the Yellow Oval Room on the second floor of the White House residence, with his Twitter-enabled cellphone in one hand and the White House landline in the other.
But that hasn't stopped reckless speculation from the media, who continue to assume something is wrong with the president both physically and mentally.