Trump is in 'very good health', says White House doctor


U.S. President Donald Trump is "in very good health", according to his official physician following an examination on Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Center. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. The 72-year-old president is a teetotaler and does not smoke, but likes a sedate lifestyle. He is not known to exercise beyond his beloved rounds of golf.

Trump has described his chief exercise as walking around the White House compound and standing up at public events.

Not for Trump the basketball sessions that Barack Obama sweated through in the White House, or the bike rides of George W Bush. He was seen eating steak, French fries and shrimp at his Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and apparently ordered steak to be delivered to him at the White House.

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Modern-day presidents have undergone regular exams to catch any potential problems but also to assure the public that they are fit for office, something Trump's doctor a year ago took to an extraordinary level. Trump was said to have "incredibly good genes". The nomination ran into trouble early as lawmakers questioned his qualifications to run the government's second-largest department. The nomination went up in flames when accounts became public of former subordinates who accused Jackson of freehanded pill giveaways and drunkenness on the job, among other things. Jackson denied the allegations but eventually withdrew his nomination.

"The president received a diet and exercise plan a year ago after his annual physical, but the president admits he has not followed it religiously", Hogan Gidley, the principal deputy White House press secretary, told CNN on Thursday. He will advise the president on topics including veterans' issues, the opioid crisis and health issues at the U.S. -Mexico border. Doctors checked his eyes, ears, nose and throat, heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, skin, and teeth. Conley noted that the final results of Trump's 2019 physical exam have not yet been fully processed. Last year's exam lasted more than four hours.