Trump Is in ‘Very Good Health’ Following His Annual Physical, His Doctor Says

President Trump’s personal physician said on Friday that the president is in “very good health” and should remain so “for the remainder of his presidency and beyond” after Mr. Trump underwent a comprehensive physical examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

But Dr. Sean Conley, a Navy officer who is the president’s physician and the current director of the White House medical unit, released no details about what a team of 11 specialists had found in the course of a four-hour examination of Mr. Trump. Dr. Conley said that “reports and recommendations are being finalized,” but did not say if, when or in what form they would be publicly released.

Last year, after Mr. Trump’s first full examination as president, the White House took the unusual step of having Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, then the president’s physician, deliver a lengthy report in the White House briefing room and then answer questions from reporters. Dr. Jackson was widely ridiculed for using excessive language in describing the president’s health.

“It’s called genetics,” Dr. Jackson said. “I told the president if he had eaten healthier over the last 25 years, he might live to be 200.”

Dr. Jackson also said at the time that Mr. Trump had requested a cognitive function screening test and had performed well. Dr. Conley did not say on Friday whether he repeated the test this year.

Periodic medical exams for the president are a tradition that goes back decades, and historically, presidential checkups tend to buoy whatever image the president has presented about his health.

The doctors who examined Mr. Trump on Friday, whose areas of expertise were not detailed by the White House, were working to detect signs of improvement or cause for concern in areas publicly detailed last year by Dr. Jackson.

While Dr. Jackson referred last year to the president’s “excellent” condition, he also laid out a few health goals for the president, including reducing Mr. Trump’s weight and lowering levels of what is commonly referred to as bad cholesterol.

Among the open questions is whether Mr. Trump was able to shed 10 to 15 pounds from his weight last year, when it was reported to be 239 pounds — just below the official label of obesity — on his 6-foot-3 frame. Dr. Jackson said last year that the two men discussed building in exercise to the president’s schedule and working healthier foods into Mr. Trump’s diet.

The president’s weight has been a moving target in recent years: Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, who was Mr. Trump’s longtime physician in New York City before he moved to the White House, said in September 2016 that Mr. Trump weighed 236 pounds. In December 2015, Dr. Bornstein said Mr. Trump had lost at least 10 pounds during the preceding year.

 

 

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