White House doctor says Trump is in “excellent health"

More details are expected to be shared on Tuesday

By Nicole Karlis

Senior Writer

Published January 13, 2018 1:25PM (EST)

 (AP/Evan Vucci)
(AP/Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump underwent his first physical exam on Friday afternoon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. According to a statement by doctor Ronny L. Jackson—who has been the White House doctor since 2013—Trump is in “excellent” health.

"The President’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well. The President is in excellent health,” Jackson said in a statement, according to the New York Times.

The brief statement didn’t include more details, but Jackson is expected to join Sarah  Huckabee Sanders for a briefing on Tuesday. The Washington Post reports that this physical exam is voluntary, however, Trump “can pick and choose what the public hears about his health.”

Trump, 71, is the oldest elected president in a first term—next to Ronald Reagan, who was 69, prior to his first inauguration day, and then 73 at the election of his second term. Trump also reportedly doesn’t adhere to a healthy diet. In Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski’s book he described Trump as reportedly having four major food groups: “McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke.” According to the preview of the book in the Washington Post, when Trump allegedly goes to McDonald’s he orders “two Big Macs, two Fillet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted.”

Trump’s mental health has also been scrutinized lately. His unhinged Twitter attacks, off-the-cuff remarks, and strange drinking habits have led to some mental-health experts and administration critics to call the president's mental stability into question.

On Jan. 6 Trump spoke out to defend his mental health though, claiming that he is “a very stable genius” on Twitter. One lawmaker is already taking steps to require aspiring U.S. presidents to undergo a mental-health examination and release medical records prior to elections. Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania introduced a piece of legislation called "Stable Genius Act" on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, a report on Trump’s mental health reportedly wasn’t expected to be part of the Friday exam, the Washington Post reports.

By Nicole Karlis

Nicole Karlis is a senior writer at Salon, specializing in health and science. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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