Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

What Is Montreal Cognitive Assessment? Trump Aced Mental Health Test, Doctor Says


After speculation about President Donald Trump's mental health escalated in recent weeks, White House doctor Ronny Jackson revealed Tuesday afternoon that the president passed a cognitive assessment during his Friday physical at Walter Reed Medical Center.

President Donald Trump has "no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever", his physician Dr. Ronny Jackson announced Tuesday.

Asked at the White House briefing if any additional cognitive tests should be performed on the president, Jackson said he didn't think so.

Over all, Dr. Jackson said, Mr. Trump's health was "excellent", with mostly normal results on a battery of tests and examinations.

Jackson answered questions for almost an hour, discussing the results from Trump's physical in fine detail-but the overall takeaway was that the President is in great mental and physical shape. "I've never known him to repeat himself around me".

The doctor said he's found "no reason whatsoever" to think the president has any issues with his thought process.

"He has gone above and beyond what I would consider a requirement to demonstrate his cognitive abilities", Jackson said and added about the exam: "It does rule out the need to do any other cognitive assessment".

Past presidents have not been tested for mental acuity while in office, including Ronald Reagan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, an incurable, degenerative brain condition, five years after leaving the White House in 1989.

"He's probably been that way his whole life", Jackson said. "He gets up and he just starts a new day", he said. "I had absolutely no concern about his cognitive ability".

"Some people have just great genes", Jackson said.

"The president is mentally very sharp, very intact..."

Stunned reporters questioned how Trump could have a relatively clean bill of health despite a propensity for downing greasy, artery-clogging fast food and a low-exercise lifestyle consisting mainly of golf.

"We talked about diet and exercise a lot, he's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we will do both", Jackson said.

The president's current weight is 239 pounds and the set goal is to lose 10-15 pounds this year.

By the time he left office, Obama, who, like Mr. Trump, was then examined by Jackson, had lowered his cholesterol level, improved his lean body mass through his healthy diet and daily exercise, and remained tobacco-free.

Jackson added that Trump has a history of elevated cholesterol but is now taking medication to treat it.

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