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sábado, 13 de enero de 2018

Donald Trump says he’s in great health, predicts first physical would go ‘very well’

President Trump told reporters on Thursday that he’d be “very surprised” if he received poor results from his first physical exam as president. Trump was scheduled for his first checkup as President on Friday.

As the Russian collusion probe unravels, the press is now spinning the story that Trump is mentally unfit for office. Unfortunately for their conspiracy theories, the physical exam will not have anything to say about whether the president is “losing his mind.”

Trump says he’s in top shape

Trump was scheduled to undergo a routine physical exam at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday afternoon. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Trump quipped that his exam had “better go well, otherwise the stock market will not be happy.”

“I think it’s going to go very well,” he said. “I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t.” His doctor confirmed the prediction Friday, stating, “The President is in excellent health.”

Trump’s White House doctor, Ronny Jackson, will answer questions about the president’s health in the White House briefing room next Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Michael Wolff’s tabloid-esque new book about the early months of the Trump administration, Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House, fueled fevered speculations about the president’s mental state early this month. Trump tweeted this week that he was a “very stable genius.”

Exam will not include psych evaluation

Liberal pundits like Stephen Colbert will be disappointed that the exam does not include a psychiatric evaluation. Even if it did, there’s little reason if any to assume that the President’s mental health is anything but ordinary.

Even so, a group of “experts” sent a letter to Trump’s doctor, calling for the physical to include a mental evaluation, citing “declining faculties for complex thought, rambling speech” and “difficulty completing a thought.”

Trump’s verbal idiosyncrasies have more to do with his personality and New York Outer Boroughs origin than anything neurological, but it would be foolish to expect partisan psychologists to consider that explanation.

Trump must be an able communicator indeed, as his millions of supporters can attest. The fact that his message does not resonate with elites doesn’t make him crazy, it makes him effective.

Trump has bragged – as he has about many things – about his physical and mental health in the past. By Trump’s attestations, and those who have worked with him, he is unusually energetic for his age. The 71-year old sleeps about five hours a night.

He is the oldest man to be elected president, and he shows no signs of ending his tenure yet.