WASHINGTON, Feb 8: Speculations are rife whether he will fail or pass the test. No the latest doubts are not about the re-election but Donald Trump’s impending physical exam given his love for fast food and debunking fitness regimes as a “waste of energy.”
US President Donald Trump’s annual physical exam was due on Friday.
The 72-year-old POTUS has high cholesterol and has disputed reports that he has a common form of heart disease. Though he was handed a diet and exercise plan over a year ago during his first physical since taking the Oval Office, he has stubbornly refused to follow it.
“The President received a diet and exercise plan last year after his annual physical, but he admits he has not followed it religiously,” Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN.
White House officials and sources close to Trump say he is reluctant to change his eating habits and has not set foot in the White House fitness room, calling exercise a “waste of the energy”. CNN cited another source as saying that the President still orders fast food to be delivered to the White House and enjoys well done red meat dinners.
Burgers, chicken nuggets and fries from a variety of fast food chains greeted the Clemson University football team when it visited the White House last month, hosted by Trump. Adm. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s physician last year, said while Trump was “more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part … we’re going to do both.”
Jackson last year concluded that Trump was in “excellent health” despite his physical exam that time showing him borderline obese and his “bad cholesterol” levels rising.
Jackson’s assessment of the President’s health came under fire from medical professionals, including from within the White House’s medical unit. Four current and former White House Medical Unit staff members told CNN they were ashamed of Jackson’s rosy assessment of Trump’s health despite the publicly released data clearly showing a different picture.