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Trump’s Latest Brag On Mental Health Has Forced The White House To Take Some Drastic Measures

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President Donald Trump’s behavior has led many to question his mental health and fitness to be president. He won’t submit to any exams on his mental capacity anytime soon, much less make those results public. But the commander-in-chief is set to have a health exam this week, and to release the results of said exam to the American people once they’re available.

The exam, which is scheduled for this Friday, January 12, is set to be administered by physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

There are some questions over whether or not the exam matters at all, however. Trump does not need to release any or all of the results of the exam. While presidents have, in recent years, publicly released their medical results while in office (such as in 2016 when President Barack Obama issued a two-page statement on his health), they are not required to do so.

That may give Trump the “out” that he needs: when it comes to following precedent (especially on releasing documents to the public, like tax returns), Trump has been less than forthcoming. Indeed, during the presidential campaign in 2016, the medical examination results that Trump did release were highly questionable.

“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” gastroenterologist Dr. Harold Bornstein wrote of then-candidate Trump. The letter was written in five minutes while Trump waited outside in his limo, and didn’t include a comprehensive assessment from a doctor with a general background in medicine.

While commendable for keeping with tradition, Trump’s health assessment is problematic for another reason: whatever he releases publicly cannot be trusted. Trump constantly lies about even the most minute subjects, and there’s no reason to suspect he won’t do the same with his health report. His doctor would be limited in contradicting him, too, due to confidentiality rules regarding every patients’ healthcare in the U.S.

We can expect the results to come out possibly next week, but we shouldn’t be holding our breaths for them. Whatever Trump does make public won’t likely be the truth. And omissions are likely to be made by the White House.


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