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Trump in 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health, Doctor Says

21 January 2018

It is not a psychological exam.

The doctor told reporters Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to its website is a "cognitive screening test created to assist Health Professionals in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease".

The president is "very sharp" and "very articulate" in their conversations and does not repeat himself, he said. Even so, Jackson said, the president shows no evidence of heart disease. Jackson said the water-gulping incident was a result of Suddafed. The president has a fasting blood glucose of 89, which is normal, and no sign of diabetes.

Jackson said he will recommend a low-impact exercise routine like a stationary bike for him.

Asked about a much-discussed episode in which the president seemed to slur his words during a televised speech in December about the Middle East, Jackson said it might had been caused by Sudafed, a medicine for nasal congestion. "The answer to your question is that he has incredibly good genes, and it's just the way God made him".

On Friday, Durbin said: "I can not believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday". His mother died at 88 and his father lived to 93, though he suffered from Alzheimer's disease for about five years.

The physician's press briefing came after Trump underwent his first physical exam as president on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Jackson held an extraordinary news conference - on Trump's insistence - yesterday at the White House that lasted for about an hour.

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One person briefed on the meeting said when Durbin got to Haiti, Trump began to ask why we want people from Haiti and more Africans in the U.S. and added that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) as well as White House chief of staff John Kelly and senior adviser Stephen Miller expressed reservations about the plan, according to a Washington Post report.

Among them was Dr Jackson, whose official title is Physician to the President.

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson has served with Navy bomb disposal units and instructed underwater salvage teams. "And then to be called into the President's office to explain it to him and find that we've been sandbagged", Durbin added.

Trump at present weighs 239 pounds, which at 6-foot-3 puts him simply under the specialized meaning of fat under the weight file, or BMI. Jackson said he hopes to bring down the LDL or "bad cholesterol" score with diet, exercise and statin medication.

In terms of medications, he continues to take Propecia, for male hair loss, one for Rosacea and a multivitamin.

He does not have a dedicated or defined exercise program, Jackson admitted.

Asked about Trump's comments, Durbin said, "Politics ain't beanbag".

Just to be safe, Jackson and an ear, nose and throat specialist ran some extra tests and found nothing amiss.

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Trump in 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health, Doctor Says