As the White House physician confirms that President Donald Trump is in good mental and physical health, questions have begun to arise about the accuracy of the test results and the truth about his well-being.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who also served former President Barack Obama, stated in a news conference that Trump is in "excellent health" both physically and mentally. Test results showed that Trump weighs 239 pounds at 6 feet 3 inches tall, which is borderline obese by health standards.
Jackson, who reportedly advised Trump to change his diet but otherwise approved of the test results, explained in the conference why a cognitive exam was conducted on the president.
"I had absolutely no concerns about his cognitive ability or his -- you know, his neurological function. So I was not going to do a cognitive exam. I had no intention of doing one," Jackson said, the Daily Mail reported.
"The reason that we did the cognitive assessment is, plain and simple, because the president asked me to do it. He came to me and he said, 'Is there something we can do, a test or some type of screening that we can do, to assess my cognitive ability?' And so I looked into it."
Trump ultimately took the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is a test designed to spot dementia and early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The president reportedly scored a 30 out of 30 on the test.
"It would pick up on it. He would not have gotten 30 out of 30 on the test," Jackson said of the test's accuracy in detecting cognitive diseases.
"I'm very confident at this particular stage that he has nothing like that going on ... Absolutely no cognitive, mental issues whatsoever. He is very sharp."
One reportedly concerning thing about Trump's health, aside from his diet, was the drug he takes daily to prevent hair loss. Finasteride, which was confirmed in early 2017 by Trump's doctor, Harold Bornstein, to have been taken by the president, reportedly causes anger, depression, erectile dysfunction and self-harm, the Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, fallout has continued after reports surfaced of remarks made by Trump in a meeting in the Oval Office. In the meeting, Trump reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and a number of African countries as "s**thole countries." In a recent interview, Trump's ex-wife, Ivana, defended the president's comments -- pushing back against allegations that he's racist.
"I don’t think Donald is racist at all," Ivana told Piers Morgan in the interview, Vanity Fair reported.
"Sometimes he says these things, which are silly or he doesn’t really mean them, but he’s definitely not racist. I’m sure of that."