US President Trump's cognitive ability normal: White House doctor

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"I have no concerns about his cognitive ability or neurological functions", Navy Rear Adm Dr Ronny Jackson told reporters at an extraordinary press conference at the White House yesterday after Trumps first physical examination as USA president.

Online conspiracy theorists may question Trump's doctor's pronouncement that the president is fit for office.

The results were released with the president's consent, Jackson said in an official memorandum sent to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Jackson, the White House physician, said Tuesday that Trump scored a flawless 30 out of 30 on the test.

In response, Jackson has increased the dosage of the president's cholesterol-lowering medication, a statin drug known as Rosuvastatin, and recommended he take up an exercise regimen and maintain a low-carbohydrate and low-fat diet.

"Everybody makes mistakes, but you have to learn from your mistakes", Trump told Reuters during a sweeping Oval Office interview.

She said the test, though useful for detecting Alzheimer's and the like, indicates little about "his high functioning, his frontal-lobe functioning, that we're questioning". He added that the president had requested the cognitive test be included as part of the exam.

"He has absolutely no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever", Dr Jackson said. It takes about 10 minutes to administer.

Last week, a group of more than 70 mental health professionals sent a public letter to Jackson that urged him to evaluate Trump's mental faculties during the exam. "He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part, but we're gonna do both", said Jackson.


The fact that the report said Trump only gained a few pounds since entering the White House raised eyebrows, as some people close to him have speculated that Trump has put on more than that.

Nasreddine's evaluation was called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or the MoCA test. "He's just one of those people, I think, that does not require a lot of sleep".

"He said, 'I want you to get out there and I want you to talk to them and I want you to answer every single question they have, '" Jackson said of Trump.

She then said that the administration now had to deal with other things like a government shutdown before saying the show's opening catch phrase, "Live from NY".

His latest assignment: defusing doubts about the health and mental fitness of the nation's 71-year-old president.

One questioner asked what was basically on everyone's mind: if the president's diet is basically McDonald's cheeseburgers and Diet Coke (with no exercise to speak of) how can he possibly be in good health? It has never been done on any other president he has tended to over the years, Jackson said.

Numbers: The doctor reads a list of five numbers at around one per second which the patient must recite exactly as they were said.

The danger, Lee said, is that Trump's courtiers do this for too long and succumb to "shared psychosis," in which they come to "share his view of the world and lose touch with reality". He also gave physicals to President Barack Obama and will now examine President Donald Trump.

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