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sábado, 13 de enero de 2018

White House physician: Donald Trump is in “excellent health”

An apple a day keeps the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity away. Conniving democrats hoping to remove the president from office based upon a purposefully conflated interpretation of the 25th Amendment are sure to be discouraged by the results of Trump’s latest medical examination.

Dr. Ronny Jackson of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was pleased to announce that “the president is in excellent health” after Trump underwent the first medical checkup of his presidency. The White House physician’s glowing medical assessment comes after the release of a salacious book based upon unsubstantiated Beltway gossip suggesting that Trump is somehow mentally unfit.

Clean bill of health

The president’s lead physician dismissed accusations regarding Trump’s mental state by releasing a preliminary statement regarding his medical findings. Dr. Jackson wrote:

The president’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well.

Jackson promised to provide more details later, insisting that “the president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.”  

The routine physical lasted several hours and examined Mr. Trump’s blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate and weight. Although there is no legal requirement prompting Trump to share his medical records, American presidents have traditionally published their fitness for duty since the Richard Nixon administration.

The data included in these health reports have varied by administration, with most of these assessments including a monotonous recitation of vital statistics and other health metrics. Earlier this week, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders indicated that Trump’s health report would be similar to those of the previous two presidential administrations.

Unfit for impeachment

Despite reports from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, (a compendium of White House rumors inexplicably marketed as nonfiction), which alleged that Trump has an unhealthy obsession with fast food, the president considers his state of health a matter of personal pride.

Candidate Trump boasted of his fitness from the campaign trail, publicizing a five-paragraph letter written by longtime friend and personal physician Dr. Harold Bornstein which concluded that Trump was “in excellent physical health.

In December 2015, a similar letter of recommendation from Bernstein posited that, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

The president’s current physician is a Navy rear admiral who worked in a forward-deployed trauma hospital treating patients wounded or injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Jackson became a White House physician in 2006 and served under the Obama and Bush administrations.

Although Trump’s detractors will simply dismiss Trump’s virility and argue that presidential physicals are not mental health assessments, primary care physicians like Jackson typically assess and treat patients for mental health disorders.

Certainly, Jackson’s diagnosis is more accurate than the so-called mental health professionals who claim to be able to render expert medical diagnoses of the president based upon his Twitter feed and campaign speeches.

Still, Trump’s medical transparency and the professional opinion of a doctor who has served in three administrations is unlikely to quiet “the resistance,” who seem determined to chase a duly elected president out of the White House less than one year into an exceptionally effective administration.