In answer to a reporter's question about the president's "mental fitness", Jackson stated that the president performed "exceedingly well" on his cognitive screening, achieving a ideal score.
At yesterday's White House press briefing, White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson answered questions about Donald Trump's physical and mental health following his first official examination of the President.
Presidents aren't required to get a checkup, but modern presidents do so regularly and release a doctor's report on the findings.
Let us explain: According to the National Institutes of Health's online BMI calculator, Trump has a body mass index, or BMI, that puts him in the "overweight" range, which is defined as having a weight is higher than normal for a person's height.
Aides told CNN that Trump considers the Yellow Oval his real office and will summon select staffers, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, family members and top advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, along with his Communications Director Hope Hicks, the president's long-serving political aide.
As for his mental acuity, Trump was quick to note his doctor's pronouncement that he aced a cognitive exam, which he referenced with a dig at predecessors Obama, Bush and Bill Clinton for not doing more to curb threats from North Korea.
Although reporters seemed skeptical, he said he found "no reason whatsoever" to think the president had any issues with his thought processes. Petersen said he could not comment specifically on the president's cognitive health.
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"We talked about diet and exercise a lot", Dr. Jackson said during the briefing.
Dr Jackson said the firebrand Republican, who weighs 17 stone, needs to lose 10 to 15 pounds over the next year and prescribed a diet low in fat and carbs as well as exercise. And his doctor says they're conclusive: Trump is a "very sharp" and "articulate" guy. The public questioning of Trump's health has morphed into the "girther movement". He is fit for duty.
Though the session detailing the results of Trump's first presidential physical was lengthy, stretching almost an hour, Jackson was unable to answer whether Trump showed signs of any bone spurs when asked Tuesday.
"He would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates", Jackson said.
"I get exercise. I mean I walk, I this, I that", said Trump, now 71.
While more exercise may be a tall order for the president, he said he's open to changing his diet to include smaller portions.
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