Trump to undergo 1st medical exam as president amid questions over mental fitness

Trump to undergo 1st medical exam as president amid questions over mental fitness
From CBC - January 12, 2018

Donald Trump will have his first medical exam as U.S. president today, after a week during which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

A new bestselling book, Michael Wolff's Fire And Fury,portrays Trump, 71, as unfocused and childlike. The White House has faced a barrage of questions over his contradictory messages on key policies and an incident last month where he slurred some words while giving a speech.

Trump, who has been openly exasperated with the coverage, told reporters on Thursday he expected his exam would go well.

"It better go well, otherwise the stock market will not be happy," Trump said with a smile.

The White House will determine what data will be released from the exam, which will take place at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Md.

Trump is not compelled to release any information, though the White House said the presidential physician, Ronny Jackson, will provide a statement on Friday and take questions from reporters on Tuesday.

No psychiatric exam

There is no set template for the presidential exam. Past presidents are not known to have been tested for mental acuity while in office including Ronald Reagan, who five years after leaving the White House was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Trump's examination will not include a psychiatric exam, a White House spokesperson said this week. Results of past presidential physicals have included basic data like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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.

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