White House Releases Doctor's Memo About Visit

Sean Conley says Trump's hospital visit was 'routine, planned'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2019 12:02 PM CST
Trump's Doctor Attempts to Quell Skepticism Over Visit
The motorcade of President Trump waits at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The White House has released a memorandum from President Trump's physician in an attempt to quell talk that his Saturday trip to Walter Reed Medical Center wasn't at all routine. "Despite some of the speculation, the president has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues," White House physician Sean Conley, seen traveling with Trump to the hospital, says in the memo released late Monday. "Specifically, he did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurological evaluations" during the "routine, planned interim checkup," which included a "little more than an hour of examination, labs, and discussion." The statement doesn't explain why the physical was split into phases—Saturday being the first one—or why routine checks were carried out outside of the West Wing.

Conley doesn't assess Trump's overall health but says his cholesterol level is down to 165 from 196. The latter number came from Trump's February physical, which—like the 2018 checkup—was announced in advance and listed on Trump's public schedule. Conley says the latest visit was omitted "due to scheduling uncertainties." Still, many remain skeptical, and "this statement is not putting any of those questions to rest, frankly," per ABC News' senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega. "Any rational person" should question the version of events offered by "a President and a White House who have set a standard of dishonesty and obfuscation," writes CNN's Chris Cillizza. And Trevor Noah had a field day, per Rolling Stone. "This is not a thing," he said on the Daily Show. "Nobody breaks their annual physical into phases." (Trump reportedly dictated a 2015 medical report.)

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