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Trump performed 'exceedingly well' on cognitive test, White House doctor says

18 January 2018

Jackson said that there is no reason Trump wouldn't be able to complete his first term healthwise, in addition to a second term if re-elected.

At a press briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Ronny Jackson announced that Donald Trump had achieved a ideal 30 out of 30 score on the test.

Jackson said he and the president agreed that a reasonable weight loss goal for Trump would be 10 to 15 pounds over the next year.

Trump was 70 when he took office on January 20, 2017, making him the oldest person ever elected to the presidency.

Jackson said Trump received a flawless score on a cognitive test created to screen for neurological impairment.

Jackson, who has served as the White House's top doctor in multiple administrations, said that if Trump "had some type of mental, cognitive issues. he would not have gotten 30out of 30 on the test".

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"Can you explain to me how a guy who eats McDonald's and fried chicken and all those Diet Cokes and never exercises is in as good of shape as he's in?" asked a reporter.

"I feel very confident that he has a very strong and a very probably possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no medical issues", said Dr Jackson.

But he said the test proves all is not as rosy with the president's health results as was made out.

Non-denial denials and an hour of stunned disbelief dominated Tuesday's White House proceedings.

"We picked one of the ones that was a little longer, a little more involved", Jackson said.

In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Donald Trump brought up his score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment as proof he is mentally capable of solving the escalating North Korea crisis. "Some people have just great genes". Trump answered all 30 questions correctly, Jackson said.

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The president's weight is 3 pounds higher than it was during the campaign in September 2016, according to a letter Trump released from his personal physician in New York, Harold N. Bornstein.

"I think immigrants can be proud that they are contributing", he told the Canadian Press.

Among them was Dr Jackson, whose official title is Physician to the President. The screening test-which, Dr. Jackson noted, is administered to patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center-asks patients to do tasks like recall lists of words and numbers, draw simple figures and a clock set to a given time, and identify animals from images. He'll be working with White House cooks to cut calories, while encouraging Trump to get some low-impact exercise.

Dr Jackson said: "He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we're going to do both".

Trump has vented irritation with questions about his mental abilities and sanity by calling himself "a very stable genius" on Twitter.

Trump does take Crestor to lower his cholesterol, daily aspirin for heart health, Propecia for male pattern baldness, a skin cream for rosacea and a daily multivitamin.

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Trump performed 'exceedingly well' on cognitive test, White House doctor says