White House doc: Trump in 'excellent health' after yearly physical exam

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By Ali Vitali

WASHINGTON — The doctor who conducted President Donald Trump's annual check-up said Friday the president was in "excellent health" and his physical exam earlier in the afternoon "went exceptionally well."

White House physician Ronny Jackson's short, 33-word statement gave no further details about the exam, which took place at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday afternoon before Trump and the first lady left for a weekend in Florida. But Jackson promised to brief the press on "some of the details" Tuesday.

Trump predicted earlier in the week that the exam would "go very well" and he'd be "very surprised if it doesn't." He then quipped: "It better go well. Otherwise the stock market will not be happy."

Though candidates typically release some details of their medical history during their campaigns for the presidency, Trump bucked that trend.

In September 2016, Trump gave limited medical results to Dr. Mehmet Oz during an appearance on Dr. Oz's daytime TV show. At the time, he told Dr. Oz he had "no problem" sharing his medical results.

Prior to that, Trump's longtime physician Dr. Harold Bornstein predicted Trump would "be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" in a letter that he later told NBC News he wrote in just five minutes while a limo sent by the candidate waited outside his Manhattan office.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Dr. Ronny Jackson after his annual physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Jan. 12, 2018.Yuri Gripas / Reuters