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At age 72, Donald Trump undergoes yearly medical exam

At age 72, Donald Trump undergoes yearly medical exam
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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a presidential memorandum signing for the "Women s Global Development and Prosperity" initiative in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 7, 2019.

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WASHINGTON – is in for some poking and prodding as doctors assess whether his “incredibly good genes” continue to serve him well.

Trump was travelling to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington on Friday for a follow-up to his first annual medical checkup as president.

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His personal physician declared him to be in “excellent health” in January 2018 after a battery of tests on his heart, lungs, gastrointestinal system and other areas. Dr. Ronny Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, then presided over an extraordinary White House news conference in which he said of Trump: “He has incredibly good genes, and it’s just the way God made him.”

Jackson, then the president’s personal physician, also predicted that Trump, who doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke, will make it through his presidency with no serious medical issues.

Some questions and answers about Trump’s physical exam:



The exam will be overseen by Sean Conley, a Navy veteran and doctor of osteopathic medicine who is now the physician to the president. Jackson oversaw Trump’s January 2018 exam after having done the same for President Barack Obama. The personal physician co-ordinates a team of doctors who rigorously examine the president. Jackson said 12 “consultants” were involved last year.



Jackson was replaced last year after Trump nominated him to lead the Veterans Affairs Department. Questions immediately arose about Jackson’s qualifications to run government’s second-largest bureaucracy. He had no significant management experience. Anonymous allegations also surfaced from current and former colleagues accusing Jackson of professional misconduct, including loosely dispensing medications and on-the-job drunkenness. Jackson denied the allegations but eventually withdrew his nomination. The Pentagon continues to investigate the allegations.

Despite the ongoing investigation, Trump recently promoted Jackson to be an assistant to the president and chief medical adviser. In that role, the White House said Jackson will provide advice across the administration on topics including veterans’ issues, the opioid crisis and health issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. Jackson will also travel and work closely with White House staff. Trump also re-nominated Jackson for a second star because of inaction by the previous Congress on an earlier nomination.



No, but modern officeholders undergo them regularly and release a doctor’s report assuring the public that they are fit for office.



A lot. Last year, the public learned details about Trump’s height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Doctors checked his eyes; ears, nose and throat; heart; lungs; gastrointestinal tract; skin; and teeth. Neurological, cognitive and stress tests were also performed. Trump’s hearing was not tested; Jackson said he ran out of time. The exam stretched past four hours.
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