President Trump needs to lose 10 to 15 pounds but is generally in excellent health and has no problems “whatsoever” with his mental ability, his official military doctor said Tuesday. Dr. Ronny Jackson predicted that Trump would stay in good health throughout his time in office, even if it stretches to a second term.
“Absolutely he’s fit for duty,” Jackson told reporters at the White House. “I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term, and even for the remainder of another term if he’s elected.”
Jackson said that he had not planned to run cognitive tests on the 71-year-old president, but that the patient had insisted. Trump’s perfect 30 out of 30 score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment rules out issues like Alzheimer’s or early onset dementia, the doctor said.
“It screens for all those things. it screens for any type of cognitive issues, you know, Alzheimer’s and all those other things,” Jackson said.
“I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think that the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought process.”
Jackson disclosed that the president himself had directed him to answer every question from reporters — an apparent effort to dispel stubborn rumors that Trump’s mental state has deteriorated. The White House’s eagerness to quiet that talk led Trump to undergo what was thought to be the first formal cognitive test administered to a sitting U.S. president.
“There’s absolutely nothing that I’m withholding from this,” the doctor said.
The doctor, who holds the rank of rear admiral in the U.S. Navy and has led the White House medical team since 2013, declined to condemn Trump’s television habits, and sidestepped a question about whether the president would cut his ice cream intake. “I don’t limit his diet,” Jackson said.
The briefing came after Jackson and 12 consultants and specialists ran a battery of tests on the president over roughly four hours on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just outside of Washington.
Trump measures 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 239 pounds, making him borderline obese, the doctor said. He takes Crestor to lower his cholesterol and Propecia to battle male-pattern hair loss, as well as another medication to treat rosacea (a common skin condition characterized by redness, typically on the face) as well as a multivitamin for general health.
wer in fat and carbohydrates,” coupled with exercise, to reduce