Doctor: Trump Asked for Cognitive Test, Aced it
President's overall health is 'excellent'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2018 3:51 PM CST
White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks to reporters.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – President Trump asked that a cognitive test be included as part of his first physical exam, and his doctor says he aced it. Trump's physician—Navy doctor Ronny Jackson—says the president achieved a perfect score on the test, which was included in last Friday's medical checkup. Jackson says Trump's 30 out of 30 score means there's no indication that Trump has any cognitive issues, per the AP. The doctor speculates that Trump requested the exam in an attempt to beat back the narrative of the past few weeks that he is mentally unfit for office. Jackson describes Trump as "very sharp" and "very articulate when he speaks to me," adding that he's found "no reason whatsoever" to think the president has any issues with his thought process.

Trump did "exceedingly well" on the cognitive test, and the 71-year-old's overall health is "excellent," says Jackson. "I feel very confident that he has a very strong and a very probable possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no medical issues." Jackson reports that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds—three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016. Jackson said he and the president set a goal of Trump losing 10 to 15 pounds over the next year, adding, "He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part," per USA Today. Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended.

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