Trump to undergo medical check as critics question his mental fitness

Trump to undergo medical check as critics question his mental fitness

"So we're going to take a strong look at that", Trump said. "I'm a very flexible person".

A 2016 letter released by Trump's physician Dr. Harold Bornstein claimed the tycoon was "in excellent physical health", with the only red flag being his BMI of 29.5, which made him overweight for a 6'3 man. "I wouldn't say it's probable, but I think it's possible and I think that's the big story".

Some of the comments were published in a new book about Trump's first year, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff, which White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has denounced as "complete fantasy" for portraying her 71-year-old boss as undisciplined and in over his head as president.

President Donald Trump will expand mental-health care for transitioning veterans as they leave the military, an effort to reduce suicides in a group that is considered particularly at risk.

Mr. Trump is contesting reports that he said, "Why do we want all these people from sh*thole countries here?" referring to immigrants from Haiti, several African countries and El Salvador. The White House has been quick to dismiss allegations about the POTUS' mental suitability for the presidency, calling them "disgraceful".

"He's as sharp as a tack", he told reporters on board Air Force One. "Whether it be up before dawn and up into the wee hours of the morning every day, it's been widely reported he only needs a few hours of sleep".

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In signing this executive order, Shulkin said, the president has provided "clear guidance to further ensure our veterans and their families know that we are focusing on ways to improve their ability to move forward and achieve their goals in life after service".

"In the future, it would be a good idea if presidential candidates voluntarily submitted to a mental-health evaluation, just as they often do a physical one - and in that case, psychiatrists would have a critical role to play", the board wrote.

Past physicals have also provided a glimpse into the president's habits. His diet is heavy on fast food, red meat and Diet Coke.

Trump takes a statin, called rosuvastatin, to treat high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and he takes a low-dose aspirin, according to the doctor's letter. He doesn't smoke or drink alcohol.

The White House announced last month that Trump was due to have a routine physical after some commentators believed he slurred words during a speech on the decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Bill Clinton was a runner who installed a jogging track at the White House.

Such questions about mental fitness, which for other presidents have largely remained out of the public realm, will not be answered by today's exam.

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