WASHINGTON — President Trump’s physician said Tuesday that the president received a perfect score on a cognitive test designed to screen for neurological impairment, which the military doctor said was evidence that Mr. Trump does not suffer from mental issues that prevent him from functioning in office.
“There’s no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues,” Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy and the White House physician, told reporters on Tuesday. “I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes.”
Dr. Jackson said that a cognitive test was not indicated for Mr. Trump when the president underwent his annual physical on Friday, but that he conducted one anyway because the president requested it after questions from critics about his mental abilities. He said Mr. Trump received a score of 30 out of 30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a well-known test used by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other hospitals.
The president’s doctor said Mr. Trump’s overall health was “excellent,” with mostly normal results on a battery of tests and examinations. He said Mr. Trump, who is almost 72, has remarkably good cardiac health, probably because he does not smoke or drink alcohol.
But he did say that Mr. Trump’s weight is 239 pounds and that he does not get enough exercise. His cholesterol is too high, despite taking medicine to lower it, and Dr. Jackson said he would be increasing the dosage.
“The president, he and I talked,” Dr. Jackson said. “He would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds. We talked about diet and exercise a lot. He’s more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we’re going to do both.”
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