Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Some facts about President Trump's cognitive test

Some facts about President Trump's cognitive test

The White House physician said several times that there was nothing he was holding back, and that neither Trump nor his aides had coached him on what to say. That brother, Trump said, kept him away from alcohol and other substances.

He scored a 30/30 on the test, Jackson said, and there was 'no indication that he has cognitive issues'.

The results of President Trump's first formal medical exam since taking office were announced Tuesday, and the big news was that the physician involved, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, said the 71-year-old president received a ideal score on a cognitive test. Jackson said that he has a goal for the president of losing 10-15 pounds through a regimen of diet and exercise, telling reporters, "He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we're going to do both".

Trump's physician - Navy doctor Ronny Jackson - says the president achieved a ideal score on the test, which was included in last Friday's medical checkup.

'He has incredibly good genes, ' Jackson also said.

But the 71-year-old president performed "exceedingly well" on the test, Jackson said, receiving a flawless score.

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Meanwhile, a "girther" conspiracy over the height and weight numbers provided by Jackson about Trump quickly spread online.

'We can build on that pretty easily, ' he joked. Jackson said he would increase that dose in an effort to get Trump's so-called "bad" cholesterol, or LDL level, below 120; it now is 143.

Jackson's stellar review of President Trump is likely to take his critics - who have been claiming he is mentally unfit for office - by surprise, particularly as they have pointed to signs of dementia, Alzheimers and other cognitive deterioration. Trump has no heart disease and no family history of it. Jackson said he'd ruled out a list of possible causes, and that dry mouth caused by the over-the-counter decongestant Sudafed was likely to blame. He told reporters on Tuesday that the president's cardiac health is strong and that there are no concerns about any memory or cognitive issues. A year earlier, Bornstein had released a letter that predicted Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency" if he won.

Cognitive assessments aren't routine in standard physicals, though they recently became covered in Medicare's annual wellness visits for seniors.

Trump had his first physical last Friday.

Trump did not undergo a psychiatric exam.

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