President Trump is the commander in chief of the United States who like most presidents around the world have to attend to daily pressing state duties.
However, being the oldest elected president of the most powerful nation in the world isn’t a piece of cake. With recent political and religious upheavals around the world today, getting at least seven hours of sleep at night and maintaining a healthy lifestyle may be a real challenge.
As reported in the New York times, he is not known to exercise more than the brief strolls beyond his cart on the golf course and still has to be in top shape to cope with the rigors of the office he occupies.
On Friday, Mr. Trump, 71, will undergo his first comprehensive medical examination as president. He will be examined at the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington in Bethesda, Maryland and the results are set to be made public.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump published a letter by his long term doctor Harold Bornstein that stated he was in “excellent physical health.” and that he’d be the “healthiest individual ever elected” to the office.
Trump’s liberal detractors and even some Republicans have recently questioned his fitness for office.
A new book on Trump’s White House by author Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury, asserts that almost all of his top staff and advisers believe he is mentally unwell.
Trump hit back against the claims through a recent tweet, declaring himself a “very stable genius.”
If the White House releases the same amount of information shared by other presidents, the public may soon learn more about how Mr. Trump’s lifestyle and fondness for fast food affects his health. It is less likely that the physical examination will yield in-depth insight into Mr. Trump’s psyche.
The White House said that Mr. Trump will not undergo a psychiatric exam, and would not say if he would undergo other forms of cognitive testing that may screen for mental disorders, including dementia.
How much of Trump’s health information the public gets to see is up to him, but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she expects him to release the same kind of details as past Presidents.
A review of annual checkups of presidents dating back to Jimmy Carter shows that there is no template to follow and no set precedent for administering physicals or reading out results.