Trump is in 'excellent' health: White House physician

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U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, the physician to the president, released the particulars of President Donald Trump's physical exam in an official report Tuesday.

Faced with a barrage of questions over the President's mental health at an hour-long briefing, Jackson said: "I have no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions".

"I feel very confident that he has a very strong and a very probable possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no medical issues", Jackson said.

He disclosed that Trump himself volunteered for the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, said to be a well-respected test that can help detect mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease.

Jackson said the president has an above-average exercise capacity based on his age and sex. At 6 feet, 3 inches tall, Trump had a body mass index, or BMI, that puts him in the "overweight" range, according to the National Institutes of Health's online BMI calculator.

"We're talking about a 70-plus-year-old man who is obese and doesn't exercise", Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Research Institute told The New York Times. Jackson said he didn't think Trump needed a cognitive assessment after interacting with him daily over the past year.

"Tabloid psychiatry" is how Jackson described outside diagnoses of the president's mental health by those who haven't examined him. Trump has been seen out on the golf course, and the guidelines do say that "some activity is better than none", but if his doctor has any say in the matter, Trump will be exercising more.

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A book published earlier this month, "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff, asserted that even Trump's own advisers and associates questioned his fitness for office.

Trump does take Crestor to lower his cholesterol, daily aspirin for heart health, Propecia for male pattern baldness, a skin cream for rosacea and a daily multivitamin.

Asked to respond to people who think he's racist, Trump told reporters: "I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed".

On Tuesday, the White House physician, Dr. Ronny Johnson, announced that Trump was in "excellent health".

"The president and I talked; he would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds".

"I would say he sleeps four to five hours a night, and he's probably been that way his whole life".

According to his naval biography, Jackson grew up in West Texas and attended Texas A&M University, specialising in marine biology before going to medical school at the University of Texas.

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