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White House doctor: Stop 'tabloid psychiatry' on Trump

White House doctor: Stop 'tabloid psychiatry' on Trump

Scores of psychiatric officials called on Dr Ronny Jackson to carry out mental health checks during the President's annual health screening after months of erratic outbursts and freaky physical gaffes - including slurred speech last month.

President Donald Trump asked that a cognitive test be included as part of his first physical exam.

Trump later tweeted that he was a "very stable genius" in response to the suggestions in the book, while CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted Wolff's portrayal of the president, and subsequent claims by critics, including Democratic lawmakers. But Trump's exam has taken on heightened scrutiny amid questions about his mental fitness.

That's according to his White House physician, navy doctor Ronny Jackson. "I find no reason whatsoever to think that the president has any issues whatever with his thought process".

Jackson said Trump could, however, stand to lose 10 to 15 pounds and improve his diet.

Speaking in the White House briefing room Tuesday afternoon, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson described the results of four hours of physical and mental health testing on Friday.

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Jackson said a recent incident in which Trump slurred some words while making public remarks may have been the result of Sudafed that the doctor gave the president the previous day.

To do that, the doctor said, he was looking to have the president reduce his intake of fats and carbohydrates in his diet, and increase his physical exercise. Jackson says Trump's heart exam was normal, with regular rhythm and no abnormal sounds. It also noted his social history, commenting on his "healthy lifestyle choices" including "healthy diet" and daily exercise.

President Donald Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening.

Jackson's last examination of Obama came in February 2016, when he wrote a two-page memo to then-White House press secretary Josh Earnest, which was released by the White House.

Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended.

"All clinical data indicates that the President is now very healthy, and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency", he continued.


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