Speculation about President Donald Trump’s health has followed him continually since he rose to the Oval Office, but his latest physical exam had nothing special to report.
The results of Trump’s physical exam, released Wednesday, revealed that the president’s status is essentially unchanged since last year and that he “remains healthy,” according to ABC News.
Trump “remains healthy”
The results were expected Wednesday after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced that “in summary, the president remains healthy,” and that the full results would follow soon.
The release came on the heels of rumors about Trump’s health that emerged when it was reported that White House staffers tested positive for the coronavirus and that Trump was prophylactically taking hydroxychloroquine to help stave off the illness.
But, as Axios reported, the president’s exam — finished in April — discovered “no findings of significance,” according to a memo from White House physician Sean Conley.
According to Conley, Trump completed a course of hydroxychloroquine “safely and without side effects,” and he has continued to test negative for the coronavirus. “Based on my history, examinations, and consultations, the data indicates that the president remains healthy,” the doctor added.
Trump is 6 feet 3 inches tall and 244 pounds, which is technically considered obese. The president gained a pound since last year, and he takes medication to control his cholesterol, aspirin, and Propecia, for treating male pattern hair loss, Conley reported.
Proves rumor mill wrong
The president’s habits and health have been a topic of periodic rumors over the last few years. The president does not drink alcohol or smoke tobacco, and he is known for a love of fast food and golf. Still, he has often been characterized as mentally unwell and physically unhealthy by his foes.
Trump has had a stressful year to say the least, what with the Russian collusion hoax, impeachment, and a global pandemic — but he seems to be holding up well, despite some elevation of his blood pressure, as the New Y0rk Post reports.
“Overall the president continues to benefit from a multi-disciplinary care team in assessing and promoting his health and wellness as he carries out his duties of the presidency,” Conley declared.
Prior speculation about the president’s well-being came in November after media outlets stoked rumors over an abrupt visit to Walter Reed Hospital, which a spokesperson at the time described as a routine exam. That turned out to be true, as Trump’s latest physical was completed in two parts, with the final portion wrapped up in April.
Trump has often made a point of contrasting his energy level and mental sharpness with that of “Sleepy Joe Biden,” who has been dogged by suggestions of cognitive decline since launching his campaign for the White House.