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Trump is in ‘excellent health’ insists White House doctor after physical exam

Military doctors said the check-up went “exceptionally well” after the US leader spent around three hours in the routine exam yesterday, which included tests on things such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

However the White House will determine what data, if any, will be released from the session, and the tests did not include a psychiatric exam.

White House doctor Ronny Jackson said: “The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.”

The physical exam comes at the end of a week in which Mr Trump’s mental fitness for office has been repeatedly questioned.

On Thursday, Mr Trump, 71, reportedly made a series of crude and derogatory remarks during a closed-door meeting about immigration policy, questioning why the US should accept immigrants from “s***hole countries” such as Haiti and African nations.

The commander in chief later denied he had said “anything derogatory about Haitians”, claiming the language he used in the meeting “was tough” but not what was reported by US media. 

In addition, the White House has faced a barrage of questions over contradictory messages from the President on key policies.

And a new best-selling book, written by a journalist with access to the West Wing for most of the first year of Mr Trump’s presidency, depicts the commander-in-chief as unfocused and childlike.

However the US President was quick to hit back, describing himself as “a very stable genius”.

The White House has dismissed also the book, called Fire and Fury, as “trashy tabloid fiction” and branded most of its content as “false and misleading”.

Author Michael Wolff has stood by his work, insisting “100 per cent of the people” around the President believe he is unfit for office. 

Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, said US leaders have a long history of picking and choosing what to reveal about their health. 

She said, John F. Kennedy disclosed war injuries but not the fact he suffered from Addison’s disease, a degenerative condition.

George Annas, head of the Center for Health Law, Ethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health, said the public part of the report from Mr Trump’s upcoming exam was likely to be short and sweet.

He said: “I don’t think you could expect to see anything else, unless it’s something that makes him look good.”

Ahead of his election win last year, Mr Trump’s personal physician told reporters the real estate mogul was “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

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