President Donald Trump’s motorcade has just arrived for his first full physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. It will be his first as president.
The exam will be conducted by Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician.
“He doesn’t look healthy,” said Dr. Daryl Isaacs, a specialist in internal medicine. Issacs received his board certification in internal medicine in 1980 and has been practicing since 1978.
While Trump won’t be sitting in for a mental exam, his basic health stats can be made public. His last physical came in the fall of 2016, which Trump made a spectacle of on the Dr. Oz show. He came in at 6-foot-3 and weighed 236 pounds.
Trump’s not only the oldest president to ever take office, but also “the heaviest president in at least a generation.” Last year, Men’s Journal called him the “fattest president since Howard Taft.”
For those not in the know, President Taft was in office from 1909-1913, making it a little more than a hundred years ago.
According to former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and top aide David Bossie, Trump loves to eat fast food:
“Trump’s appetite seems to know no bounds when it comes to McDonald’s, with a dinner order consisting of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted.”
Even though past presidents have done so, the White House is under no obligation to release the results of his examination but has already pledged that Trump’s medical doctor will give a “brief statement” immediately following the physical.
Just recently, a group of more than 70 psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health professionals sent a letter to Trump’s physician imploring him to include an evaluation of Trump’s neurological health during the examination.
“Your duty to this patient and the country that employs you as an officer of the United States Navy is to refer your patient to specialist care if any elements of your neurological and psychiatric examination yield pertinent results,” reads the letter. “Your threshold for such referral should be low given this patient’s position.”
It’s not year clear if Dr. Jackson took the recommendation.
Shortly before he walked into the doctor’s office, Trump joked that it better go well.
When Trump was running for president, his personal doctor, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, released a statement vouching for the future president’s “astonishingly excellent” health:
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” the letter, released in December of 2015, read.
It was one of the most commented on physical examinations in history, as well as one of the most laughable.