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Trump Undergoes Unscheduled Exam at Walter Reed

White House says it's first part of his annual physical
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2019 7:11 AM CST
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Members of the US Secret Service' Hazardous Agent Mitigation and Medical Emergency Response (HAMMER) Team, move from their vehicle as President Trump is visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Bethesda, Md.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – President Trump dropped in on Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday to begin "phase one of my yearly physical," per a tweet. "Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year." The AP seems to be a little suspicious, noting that the president's last physical was in February 2019, and that the physical wasn't on his public schedule, as the previous two have been. CNN further notes that Trump took the presidential motorcade in the unannounced visit to the hospital, instead of Marine One, which is customary.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham indicated the timing was motivated by his reelection bid, and that the president wanted to get the physical out of the way as he was "anticipating a very busy 2020.” "He's healthy as can be," Grisham said. "He has more energy than anybody in the White House. That man works from 6am until very, very late at night."

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