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White House doctor says Trump in 'excellent' overall health

Presidential physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks about President Donald Trump's medical exam during the daily White House press briefing on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
Presidential physician Dr. Ronny Jackson speaks about President Donald Trump's medical exam during the daily White House press briefing on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump had a normal score on a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, although he could benefit from a lower-fat diet and more exercise, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

“In summary, the president’s overall health is excellent,” Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters. “He continues to enjoy the significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol.”

The examination took place on Friday toward the end of a week in which Trump’s mental fitness for the job had come under intense scrutiny after a controversial book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” portrayed him as a childlike and mercurial.

Jackson said Trump had performed well on a cognitive assessment, which the president had requested.

“The president is mentally very sharp, very intact. ... He is fit for duty,” Jackson said. “I think he will remain fit for duty for the remainder of this term and even for the remainder of another (four-year) term if he’s elected.”

(Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Bill Trott and Jonathan Oatis)

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