Donald Trump does not want to talk about health problems
11.20.2019 / News author: Alexandra
During the 2016 election campaign, Trump's personal physician proclaimed memorably that, if his patient came to power, he would become "the healthiest individual ever elected to the Presidency." The hyperbole continued in the White House, where the first doctor assigned to the president unleashed teasing to sentence that Trump had "incredibly good genes" and "could live up to 200 years" if he improved his diet.
None of those doctors maintained their prestige: the first, Harold Bornstein, said Trump had dictated what he should say; and the second, Ronny Jackson, had to resign after being accused of drinking at work and prescribing medications without control. That is why, when Donald Trump traveled to the Walter Reed military hospital near Washington on Saturday for tests that were not provided for in his public agenda, theories about a possible health problem multiplied in social networks.
And the most revealing thing: when the current doctor of Donald Trump in the White House, Sean Conley, assured Monday that the visit was preventive and ruled out any health problems of the president, many reacted with skepticism. "Tell me a Trump doctor who hasn't lied for him, and then I'll believe the current one," a Newsweek columnist, Seth Abramson, wrote on his Twitter account.
In an official letter, the presidential doctor defined Trump's escape to the hospital as a "routine check-up" that was kept secret until the last moment because it was not clear if the president's "agenda" would allow him to go. Donald Trump's annual medical exam was not scheduled until next February, but White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the president wanted to "advance some parts" of his check-up because he is likely to be very busy in early 2020 and maybe even immersed in a political trial.
The news that he had moved to Walter Reed was accompanied by rumors that the president had experienced "chest pains," but Conley denied Monday that possibility and said Trump did not undergo "cardiac or neurological evaluations." Donald Trump reacted on Tuesday with rage to speculation about his physical condition, stating that even his wife Melania had asked him about the rumors about his heart health.
"I went to get a checkup, and when I returned, my wife told me, 'Honey, are you alright? They are saying that you could have suffered a heart attack," Trump said during a cabinet meeting. The president blamed those speculations on the press, which he said is "sick" and "dangerous", and insisted that his visit to the hospital was "quick" and "routine."
Several media outlets recalled that it is legitimate to ask questions about Trump's health, because he would not be the first American president to hide medical problems. "The White House cannot be the source of information about the president's health, because he annihilated his own credibility" with Jackson's exaggerations in his first Trump medical evaluation, The Texas Star-Tribune newspaper said in an editorial.
Donald Trump is 73 years old, and three years ago he became the oldest person elected president in the history of the United States. His well-known hobby of eating hamburgers, the rumor that he is able to drink twelve cans of Coca Cola a day and an apparent allergy to physical exercise - with the exception of golf - have given him a bad name, but for now the president has only given vigor samples
In February, Donald Trump's last medical exam placed him in the obese category, with 110 kilos and a body mass index of 30.4, although his doctor says his cholesterol has dropped since then and is now in the normal range , with a total of 165. Whether this weekend's episode was anecdotal or not, it made it clear that health will be a topic of debate in the 2020 elections, because both Trump and three of the favorites in the Democratic race - Joe Biden , Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warrenrozan or exceed 70.
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