Trump says he is in 'very' good health after first phase of medical check

US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had undergone the first phase of medical checks in Washington, on Nov 17, 2019.
US President Donald Trump tweeted that he had undergone the first phase of medical checks in Washington, on Nov 17, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (Nov 17) he was in "very good" health after undergoing the first phase of an annual medical check the previous day.

Mr Trump tweeted that he had the first phase of checks at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Washington

"Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year," he said.

The White House said Mr Trump had undergone a quick exam and some laboratory tests.

"Anticipating a very busy 2020, the President is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington DC to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed,"White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Saturday.

She said the president also visited the medical staff and thanked them for their care of wounded service members, and met with the family of a special forces soldier injured in Afghanistan.

"The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week," Ms Grisham said.

She provided no details about the exam or laboratory tests that Mr Trump underwent during his ninth visit to the medical centre.

The president's unexpected and unscheduled trip to the medical centre triggered questions on social media since it came months before the annual physical has been carried out in the past.

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In a tweet, Ms Grisham decried the questions as irresponsible.

"Seems to be a lot more fun for people/some reporters to speculate & spread irresponsible/dangerous rumors," she said.

 

The White House typically determines what data will be released from the President's health exam. Mr Trump is not compelled to release any information, and there is no template for the presidential exam.

In February, Mr Trump was declared "in very good health" by the White House physician after hours of examinations.

Mr Trump, known for his love of hamburgers and well-done steaks and an aversion to the gym, gained weight from his physical in 2017, pushing his body mass index into the obese category.