White House physician releases official report with details of president's exam

Indeed, Jackson is going to work with Trump and a nutritionist on the president's diet which will emphasize lower carbs and fats.

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta suggests President Trump has a common form of heart disease, based on the results of his coronary calcium CT scan.

Sounds good. Where do I sign up? If your genes are helped to prevent the disease, it is "not because of the lifestyle - you just got lucky", says Murphy.

How did it start? .

The term girther is a play on the well-established "birther" movement that appeared when right-wing activists opposed President Obama.

Jackson, almost equaling the prediction of Trump's personal doctor that he would be the healthiest president ever, predicted Trump would remain healthy "for the remainder of another term, if he's elected".

Did the doctor perform the examination blindfolded? .

Trump, who has gained three pounds since his physical in 2016, takes a drug to reduce his cholesterol, and Jackson said he may increase the dosage The doctor added that Trump does not use tobacco or alcohol, one of the reasons he is in good health generally.

How can this be? Others juxtaposed photos of toned and trim athletes who supposedly share the same height and weight as Trump - perhaps an unfair comparison given how muscle distributes weight differently in the body. In every case, the resemblance is less than striking. "And the Secret Service probably wouldn't like it, but I'd tell him to walk the golf course rather than ride a golf cart".

Jackson said Trump urged the doctor to "answer every question" the media had before he stepped up to the podium, and he did so with gusto during an nearly hour-long briefing with the media, in a remarkable show of transparency. If he was just an inch shorter or a pound heavier he would be labeled "obese" instead of merely overweight.

Conspiracy! Is the doctor in on it? . Dr Jackson has worked in the White House since 2006 where he previously treated senior staff and cabinet members. But Trump's exam has taken on heightened scrutiny amid questions about his mental fitness.

The doctor told reporters Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to its website is a "cognitive screening test created to assist Health Professionals in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease".

MoCA consists of 13 relatively simple exercises such as drawing a clock, recalling the names of animals like lions and rhinos, and knowing what day of the week it is, as effective tools for measuring cognitive decline.

Asked about a much-discussed episode in which the president seemed to slur his words during a televised speech in December about the Middle East, Jackson said it might had been caused by Sudafed, a medicine for nasal congestion.

But the U.S. president performed "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening, which is not standard but was requested by Mr Trump.

  • Joanne Flowers