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4 Hours of Tests Lead to Verdict on Trump's Health

President gets a 'very good' from Dr. Sean Conley
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2019 6:00 AM CST
President Trump gives a thumbs-up on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Friday after his annual physical exam at the Walter Reed military hospital.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Last year President Trump was said to be in "excellent" health at his annual physical; this year, that's been somewhat downgraded to "very good," but considering the commander in chief's penchant for fast food and reluctance to hit the gym, he may not be distressed by the slight demotion. Dr. Sean Conley was the one who made this year's assessment at the Walter Reed medical hospital, supervising the president's exam through four hours of poking, prodding, and testing Friday at the hands of nearly a dozen different specialists, the AP and CNN report. "While the reports and recommendations are being finalized, I am happy to announce the president of the United States is in very good health," Conley noted in a statement.

Conley added that he expected the president's health to remain this way "for the duration of his presidency, and beyond" (he didn't predict, however, that Trump, 72, might live for hundreds of years like Conley's predecessor, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, did last year). Conley didn't expound on any of Trump's medical conditions—last year it was revealed he had a common type of heart disease and high cholesterol and was close to being considered obese—nor on any of the other basics, such as how much the president weighed. Trump had been advised to start eating better and exercising after last year's exam, and had been given a plan to help him do so, but deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley conceded ahead of Friday's exam that his boss hadn't followed that plan "religiously." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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