White House doctor: Trump in 'excellent health'

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson speaks during an event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Friday Jan. 12 2018 in Washington

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson speaks during an event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Friday Jan. 12 2018 in Washington

"The president's physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well", Jackson said in a statement the White House provided to reporters.

Some of the comments were published in a new book about Trump's first year, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as "complete fantasy" for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president.

The physical exam was conducted by Dr. Ronny Jackson, who has served for Presidents George W. Bush, Obama and Trump, at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, according to Vox.

Trump was 70 when he took office on January 20, 2017, making him the oldest person ever elected to the nation's highest office.

The physical follows recent speculation surrounding the president's health leading up to the exam. The White House did not provide specific results of those tests.

One is thing is apparent: Trump doesn't seem to be a hypochondriac, at least not publicly.

After an emergency session to discuss Mr Trump's remarks, a group of 54 African ambassadors to the United Nations said it was "concerned at the continuing and growing trend from the USA administration toward Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the continent and people of colour".

During checkups for President Barack Obama, his doctors expressed concern about the difficulty Mr. Obama had quitting smoking.

"I'm up there using a lot of motion", he said. Since federal health privacy laws also cover the president, it will be up to Trump to decide what information to release. The book also claimed the president prefers to eat at McDonald's when traveling, for fear of being poisoned elsewhere.

Amid questions about Trump's fitness for office, no psychiatric tests are planned, but previous examinations have included neurological examinations, including motor function tests. Dr. Allan Frances, a former chair of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Duke University who helped revise the manual identifying mental illnesses, disagrees that Trump is ill.

"Americans should know whether their president has the energy to stay focused through a long workday and the chances that a significant health issue could compromise the executive office in the years to come".

The president raised a few eyebrows during a speech on Jerusalem last month, when he momentarily slurred his words. His diet is heavy on fast food, red meat and Diet Coke. He doesn't smoke or drink alcohol.

Doctors who have performed presidential physicals said the task of releasing information that is ordinarily bound by strict privacy rules can prove daunting. Bill Clinton was a runner who installed a jogging track at the White House.

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