The health status of President Donald Trump, not to mention that of the top Democratic challengers for the White House as well, is understandably a topic of concern, especially given that of the contenders to be president in the next term are older than 70 years of age.
President Trump confirmed that he will settle that discussion, at least as it pertains to him, within the next few months as he intends to return to Walter Reed Medical Center and finish the annual physical exam he started nearly five months ago, The Hill reported.
Trump to complete exam within 90 days
The issue of the president’s health and his physical exam was raised by a reporter at the White House as Trump was heading out on Marine One for a trip down to North Carolina. The president visited the state for a rally with supporters on Monday ahead of Super Tuesday primary voting.
Noting that Trump had initially gone to do his annual physical exam ahead of time in November, the reporter asked if that exam had been completed yet and if the results could be reported.
Trump replied, “No, I’m going probably over the next 90 days. I’m so busy, I can’t do it.” He indicated that the remainder of the annual physical exam would likely be completed at Walter Reed.
Annual exam started months ago
The Hill noted that, in a surprise to everyone at the time, President Trump made an unannounced visit to Walter Reed in November, which sparked all sorts of speculation among the media about the possibility of his suffering from some undisclosed health issue.
As it turned out, the White House had accurately foreseen how busy the president would be over the coming months — what with the ongoing impeachment charade at the time, among other things — and that the opportunity to get portions of the exam completed, not to mention the chance to meet and greet disabled and injured veterans and their families at the military hospital, simply couldn’t be passed up.
Indeed, White House physician Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley informed the media that Trump’s unannounced visit had nothing to do with any sort of “urgent or acute issues” but rather was merely part of “a routine, planned interim checkup.”
Conley further dismissed wild media speculation that Trump had undergone some sort of specialized cardiac or neurological tests or treatments, though he declined to provide any specifics of the hospital visit.
Health and fitness
Readers will no doubt recall that Democrats and the media have repeatedly keyed in on questions about President Trump’s health, particularly questions regarding his heart as well as questions about his mental health — though those questions have typically been in relation to the ludicrous notion that Trump is “mentally unstable” and should be removed from office via the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.
As much as the media has speculated about Trump’s health, however, there is ample reason for similar questions about the top two candidates vying to replace him in November, both of whom are older.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 78, suffered a heart attack on the campaign trail in 2019, and 77-year-old former Vice President Joe Biden’s repeated confusion while speaking has drawn questions about his mental faculties. If either wins in November, they would be the oldest U.S. president elected in history.