Amid renewed speculation surrounding a hospital visit last year, President Donald Trump’s doctor is pouring cold water on rumors that the cause was a neurological issue.
In a statement this week, Dr. Sean Conley affirmed that Trump did not suffer a mini-stroke, as some social media users speculated with the release of new details from a forthcoming book about the administration, according to Breitbart.
“Address the public comments”
Conley said that the president “remains healthy,” despite gossip to the contrary.
Media conjecture abounded in the wake of Trump’s visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in November. Though the administration said at the time that it was a routine visit, the unannounced incident fueled rumors.
Those theories resurfaced soon after an excerpt from New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt was released in which he alleged that Vice President Mike Pence was put on “standby” in case the president required anesthetization while in the hospital, as Fox News reported.
Though his book does not mention a stroke, some tweets made such a leap — and Trump responded by personally refuting the claim. Conley’s statement provided additional details.
“President Donald J. Trump has asked that I, Dr. Sean Conley, Physician to the President, address the recent public comments regarding his health,” the White House doctor’s statement began, as Breitbart reported.
“You are always on standby”
The doctor went on to “confirm that President Trump has not experienced nor been evaluated for a cerebrovascular accident (stroke), transient ischemic attack (mini stroke), or any acute cardiovascular emergencies, as have been incorrectly reported in the media.”
Concluding that Trump “remains healthy,” Conley noted that he has “no concerns about his ability to maintain the rigorous schedule ahead of him.”
As for Pence, he dismissed Schmidt’s claim when asked about it in a Fox News Channel interview this week.
“I don’t recall being told to be on standby,” he told anchor Bret Baier, according to Fox. “I was informed that the president had a doctor’s appointment, [but] I’ve got to tell you, part of this job is you are always on standby if you are vice president of the United States.”
While statements from the president, his physician, and others should be enough to put lingering rumors to bed, it is clear that Trump’s most ardent critics will stop at nothing to cast doubt on his ability to do the job.