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White House defends Trump's surprise medical exam amid skepticism online
"Also began phase one of my yearly physical," Trump tweeted early Sunday morning. "Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year."The White House said there was nothing unusual about President Donald Trump making a surprise trip to Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday to undergo what he called "phase one" of his annual physical.
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President Trump on Tuesday lashed out over speculation that he was dealing with an undisclosed health issue in the aftermath of an unannounced visit to Walter Reed medical center.
Trump brought up the state of his health during a Cabinet meeting without being prompted by reporters. He accused the media of spreading inaccurate reports about an undisclosed illness.
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The oldest president in U.S. history claims the purpose of his two-hour medical visit, which was not on his public schedule, was to conduct “phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.” Phase one? What does that entail? Has anyone else ever taken a routine physical in installments spread out over months? Has he signed up for some kind of quirky flexible spending plan with his insurance? There is, of course, a long history of presidents being less than honest with the country about the state of their health.
"These people are sick. They're sick. And the press really in this country, it's dangerous," Trump told reporters. "We don't have freedom of the press in this country. We have the opposite."
The president said he paid a quick visit to Walter Reed over the weekend for a routine check-up that will be completed in January and to visit with military families and staff there.
Trump said he was caught off guard upon his return by first lady Melania Trump and aides asking whether he was well.
"I was out of there very quickly. I got back home and I get greeted with the news, 'we understand you had a heart attack,'" Trump said.
The White House said that Trump's trip to Walter Reed on Saturday was to undergo "portions" of his annual physical exam.
But the unannounced nature of the visit led to online chatter about whether Trump was dealing with an undisclosed illness or other issue. Trump did not make any public appearances on Sunday or Monday, further fueling discussion on social media.
Trump’s weekend hospital visit draws a skeptical reaction
A lack of notice. Past failures to level with the American people. A tough week for the White House as public impeachment hearings got under way. Add it all up, and President Donald Trump’s unscheduled weekend visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center raised suspicions about his health, despite White House officials’ insistence that the president was merely getting a head start on his annual physical. For anyWASHINGTON (AP) — A lack of notice. Past failures to level with the American people. A tough week for the White House as public impeachment hearings got under way.
The White House late Monday nightfrom Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, dismissing speculation that Trump had been treated "for any urgent or acute issues" during his Saturday trip to Walter Reed.
The visit was part of "a routine, planned interim checkup," Conley said. Trump did not undergo any specialized heart or neurological evaluations during his roughly three-hour stop at the medical center.
Conley noted the president's cholesterol was 165 mg/dL, down from 196 during his most recent physical exam in February. But the doctor's note otherwise contained no specifics on the president's health.
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