Trump's doctor says president 'healthy,' has no cognitive issues

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As for his mental acuity, Trump was quick to note his doctor's pronouncement that he aced a cognitive exam, which he referenced with a dig at predecessors Obama, Bush and Bill Clinton for not doing more to curb threats from North Korea.

"Gunn wasn't alone in questioning the authenticity of Trump's purported 239-pound weight and 6'3" height, which is different from what his driver's license said. "What can I tell you?" he said.

Trump's mental fitness for the job had come under intense scrutiny after a recently published, controversial book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", portrayed him as childlike and mercurial.

Ziad Nasreddine, the Canadian immigrant who designed the test, said the exam doesn't test for everything: it doesn't examine judgment, or personality, and in certain cases, he says, it can be duped by an extremely educated subject.

Although President Donald Trump got a ideal score in the cognitive test during his physical examination Friday, a new poll shows Americans are split on whether he is mentally stable.

For anyone without age-related cognitive declines, it's a pretty easy exam. Patients have to name some animals, repeat some phrases, draw a specific time on a clock, and copy a drawing of a cube.

Whenever anyone asks me what it's like working at the Trump White House, I think about that day and the reality show that now consumes the world's most recognisable place.

"He's very sharp. He's very articulate when he speaks to me", Jackson said.

Developed in Montreal in 1996, it was created to measure "mild cognitive impairment" according to the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. Like Trump, Cotton failed the integrity/credibility test when he claimed not to have heard Trump say "S-hole" in the DACA meeting. It is "just one measure in a clinical judgment", he said in an email. His blood pressure was 122/74, within normal bounds, and his cholesterol was on the high side, Jackson said.

Trump was 70 when he took office, making him the oldest person ever elected to the U.S.'s highest office.

Jackson credited the results to genetics. "I just wish he used it productively to make deals with Congress!"

If President Donald Trump and the Republican Party were already anxious about defending their majorities in the House and Senate come November, they will now have another major factor to contend with: Barack Obama. I get more exercise than people think'.

While Jackson said that the president is in excellent health, he said that he would set him up with diet and exercise plan to help him to lose between 10 and 15lbs over the next year.

In countries and regions that Trump has disparaged directly, that's clearly the case. Based on his height and weight, he has a body mass index of 30.3 and is considered overweight and borderline obese.

The appointment lasted four hours and involved 12 consultants.

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