President Donald Trump was examined by doctors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on a Saturday visit to a hospital that CNN described as unplanned and unannounced. In public statements and interviews, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the president had spontaneously decided to use his weekend off-hours to "start parts of his annual routine check-up" to end it as "a very busy one 2020 ".
The President last conducted an annual physical examination nine months ago, in February. This exam was announced in advance.
After Saturday's test, Grisham said Trump is "healthy and energetic without complaining, as his repeated rally raids in front of thousands of Americans prove several times a week."
Speaking to Jeanine Pirro, presenter of Fox News, Grisham reiterated that the president was "as healthy as possible". The spokesman also said, "He has more energy than anyone in the White House," and Trump "works from 6 in the morning until you know, very, very late at night."
In the timetable of the leaked White House, the 73-year-old's schedules are scheduled to begin at 8 am with three hours of unstructured executive time before the formally-planned business begins at 11am.
In 2015, Trump, as a presidential candidate, published a letter signed by his personal doctor, stating that he would be "the healthiest person ever elected to the presidency" and that his "physical strength and stamina are exceptional ". The doctor later acknowledged, after previous refusal, that the letter had been dictated by Trump.
Trump spent just over two hours with Walter Reed on Saturday. On Sunday morning he tweeted that he had visited a patient at Walter Reed, adding that he had also started "[a]" with "Phase One" of his annual physical condition. "All very well (great!)", Trump wrote. "Will be completed next year."
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