White House physician says Trump in 'excellent health'


President Donald Trump is "in excellent health", White House doctor Ronny Jackson said Friday after the president's first full physical exam in office.

"The president's physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well".

"The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday", Dr Jackson said in a short statement.

The exam came after a new best-selling book portrayed Trump, 71, as unfocused and childlike.

Those questions will likely be answered by next week, when the White House says the results of the exam will be released.

The physical follows recent speculation surrounding the president's health leading up to the exam.

There is a long history of the White House picking and choosing what to reveal about the Commander-in-Chief's health, said Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.

When he was running for office, Trump released a glowing report from his personal physician in NY, who said Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

Sanders has brushed aside concerns expressed by reporters about the president's health as "ridiculous".

Trump's father, Fred, developed Alzheimer's in his 80s, a fact that has prompted calls for the president to undergo a significant neurological exam.

In September 2016, Mr. Trump's personal doctor, Harold N. Bornstein, said Mr. Trump took low-dose aspirin and a statin drug to help lower his cholesterol.

The president's medical examination was announced last month after he slurred part of a speech in which he declared the United States recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He does, however, drink gallons of Diet Coke per week, cans of which he summons with a red button. Trump himself will determine what information to make public, a person familiar with the process of presidential exams said.

The physician, a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, has served as the presidential doctor for the past three administrations.

It's a tradition for presidents to release the results of their annual physicals.

He told them that he expects it to go well and that he would be surprised if it did not.