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Trump expects medical exam to go well Friday

Trump expects medical exam to go well Friday

Donald Trump will have his first medical exam as US president today, after a week during which his mental fitness for the job has come under intense scrutiny.

Representative Brendan Boyle is the bill's sponsor and said in a statement that "before voting for the highest office in the land, Americans have a right to know whether an individual has the physical and mental fitness to serve as President".

Citing the "reasonable" and "essential" concerns about the president's health, scores of healthcare and mental health professionals are urging the doctor carrying out Donald Trump's medical checkup Friday to also examine his neurological health.

The president is to fly by helicopter Friday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington in Bethesda, Md., for the exam.

Mr Trump's tweet just ahead of Michael Wolff's tell-all book: Inside the White House hit shelves in which he wrote that White House staff consistently questioned the President's mental stability.

Trump's physical exam is not expected to include a mental acuity test.

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GETTY TURNING POINT Donald Trump's first physical exam could be a major event

President Trump on Thursday seemed acutely aware of the intrigue surrounding his upcoming physical exam.

White House officials said that Mr Trump would not undergo a psychiatric exam. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who will oversee the procedure, is scheduled to discuss the results at a press briefing next Tuesday.

A 2016 letter released by Trump's physician Dr. Harold Bornstein claimed the tycoon was "in excellent physical health", with the only red flag being his BMI of 29.5, which made him overweight for a 6'3 man.

The advisers also said one Trump meal in Chicago consisted of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches and a chocolate milkshake.

Unlike previous presidents, Trump does not run or cycle, preferring instead to get his exercise on the golf course. A year after that, while Jackson was still in Iraq, the George W. Bush administration selected him to be a White House physician under Air Force Brigadier General Richard Tubb.

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