It’s true that Trump keeps getting glowing reviews from his various doctors. First there was the ridiculous letter from Dr. Harold Bornstein which stated that Trump’s recent physical showed only “positive results.” Anyone who’s ever had medical tests performed knows you don’t hope for positive results. Bornstein’s letter concluded by stating that Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Bornstein later claimed that Trump had actually dictated the letter to him.
Then last year Dr. Ronny Jackson gave Trump a mental acuity test known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, that includes tasks like drawing a clock with the hands at a given time, listing as many words as possible that begin with the letter F (a passing score is 11 or more words in one minute), and identifying pictures of various animals. The test may be a good indicator to determine if a person is experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, but it certainly doesn’t provide any confidence that our leader is capable of making logical, well thought-out decisions.
After Trump’s most recent physical on Friday, Dr. Sean Conley said this: “While the reports and recommendations are being finalized, I am happy to announce the president of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency and beyond.”
While many hope that Donald Trump will not remain president much longer, it is also theoretically possible that he will spend six more years in the White House. Given what we know about Trump’s lifestyle, temperament, and diet – his lack of exercise, his high stress levels and frequent angry outbursts, and his penchant for fast food – it’s not realistic for any doctor to state that he expects Trump to remain in good health for the next six years and beyond, especially when the man in question is 72 years old and visibly obese. Despite what his doctors tell us, we shouldn’t have much confidence in Trump’s health and mental acuity.
Adrienne Lilly lives in Upstate New York with her two children. She works as a manufacturing engineer.