Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

White House physician declares Trump 'in very good health' after exam

White House physician declares Trump 'in very good health' after exam

President Donald Trump on Friday was to undergo his annual physical exam, a test of whether his doctor's order that he follow a healthier diet has paid dividends.

The results come after Trump underwent his second physical exam while in office and will likely come under intense scrutiny.

Trump will instead be examined Friday by White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, a Navy officer who replaced Jackson after Trump nominated him to be the next secretary for veteran affairs in 2018, the New York Times reported.

The examination took "approximately four hours" and did not require any sedation or anesthesia, Conley added.

"The president received a diet and exercise plan previous year after his annual physical, but the president admits he has not followed it religiously", Hogan Gidley, the principal deputy White House press secretary, told CNN on Thursday.

Last year's physical drew incredulous reactions, as Jackson told assembled reporters in the press briefing room that Trump was in excellent health, despite facts in direct contradiction to that statement, such as Trump's borderline obesity.

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At last year's physical, Trump weighed 239 pounds (108 kg) at last year's physical. And he says he gets plenty of walking in around the White House complex.

It's time for President Donald Trump's annual medical checkup. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

Jackson recommended that Trump do more dieting and exercise. Last month, he invited the college football champion Clemson Tigers to the White House during the partial government shutdown.

Modern-day presidents have undergone regular exams to catch any potential problems but also to assure the public that they are fit for office, something Trump's doctor a year ago took to an extraordinary level.

However, Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor, said that the president needed to lose the best part of a stone, follow an exercise routine and curb his appetite for fast food.

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