Trump confident ahead of medical

  • 13/01/2018
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Trump eats one of his own branded steaks. Photo credit: Getty

President Donald Trump is set to have his first medical physical examination since becoming President.

He will travel to the Washington suburb of Bethesda to undergo the examination on Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Thursday.

Earlier he said he expected the examination to go well and that he would be surprised if it didn't.

Answering questions from reporters at the White House, Mr Trump on Thursday said with a chuckle that if it does not go well on Friday, the stock market will take a hit.

"I think it's going to go very well. I'll be very surprised if it doesn't," he said, adding, "It better go well."

Dr Ronny Jackson will conduct the exam and release a brief statement afterward. Dr Jackson has been a physician to the President for three consecutive administrations, Ms Sanders said.

Dr Jackson will compile the results of the examination over the weekend and join Ms Sanders in the briefing room on Tuesday to give a detailed report and answer questions, she said.

Mr Trump, 71, took office a year ago as the oldest President ever to start his first term.

The last publicly available details about his health were issued in September 2016 by his personal physician, Dr Harold Bornstein, who said Dr Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected."

Mr Trump eschews exercise other than golf and reportedly enjoys fast food and diet soft drink most of all. There is no family history of premature cardiac disease and Mr Trump's parents lived into their late 80s and 90s.

Mr Trump's medical exam will include no assessment of his mental health or acuity, the White House said. Last week he called himself a "stable genius" after a book portrayed him as intellectually and emotionally unfit for the presidency.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel joked about the upcoming medical on his show overnight, saying: "May God have mercy on the doctor who has to see him naked."

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