Could You Pass the Mental Test Trump Took?


Ronny Jackson appeared before the press to give the details of President Donald Trump's latest physical.

In fact, Jackson said he had no concerns about Trump's neurological functioning or cognitive decline and wasn't planning on administering any sort of mental test.

The tabloid-style book Fire and Fury by journalist Michael Wolff, published this month, led to speculation about Trump's mental fitness for office.

Trump aced a cognitive exam and has benefited from not drinking or smoking his entire life, Jackson said. Given his height and weight, the president's body mass index falls just short of the defined threshold for obesity.

"Most of us could lose a couple of pounds", he said, before scanning the Reuters reporters in the room and pronouncing them in "pretty good shape". Despite the number, Jackson said that Trump's exercise stress echocardiogram was "above average based on age and sex". At one point in his segment, Scarborough said, "All I can tell you is this: If that's what 239 pounds looks like, I would weigh 170 pounds". But during the 2016 campaign he did authorize his personal doctor to release some medical information.

The irony of the Trump administration pointing to a test devised by an immigrant was not lost on Nasreddine, whose family came to Canada during Lebanon's civil war.

That's according to his White House physician, navy doctor Ronny Jackson.

On Friday, the president was examined by military doctors at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in tests that were said to have gone "exceptionally well".

Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended.

The president also suggested that the White House kitchen staff could be key to improving his diet.

His exercise instead comes from regular golf trips, although he claimed that he typically rides in a golf cart as he doesn't want to "spend the time" walking.

His diet isn't known to have changed from the high-calorie dishes he has favored in the past: well-done steak with ketchup, meatloaf, hamburgers, vanilla ice cream, salads with blue cheese dressing and chocolate cake.