In general, though, Jackson was upbeat about Trump's physical condition, prompting questions about how a septuagenarian man with such seemingly poor habits, including little apparent exercise apart from golfing (while driving in carts) and an affinity for greasy fast food, could fare so well in a thorough examination.
Ex-Obama administration officials stood up for White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson as he took heat over the results of President Donald Trump's physical.
White House doctor Ronny Jackson spoke to reporters for almost an hour today answering anything and everything related to the results of the President's 2018 physical he took this past Friday.
"Incredibly good genes", Jackson answered at one point.
Ronny Jackson had issued a blanket declaration that Trump was in "excellent health" after last Friday's exam, and promised to provide a fuller readout on Tuesday. Trump requested a cognitive test after questions emerged in recent weeks. The test, created in 1996 by neurologist Ziad Nasreddine in Montreal, isn't a psychiatric exam, Dr. Jackson acknowledged, and it isn't meant to screen for mental health issues beyond cognitive troubles.
Still, some people didn't accept Jackson's assessment of the president. "The good part is that, you know, we can build on that pretty easily".
Meanwhile, a "girther" conspiracy over the height and weight numbers provided by Jackson about Trump quickly spread online. His LDL cholesteral was 125, with a total cholesteral reading of 188.
Jackson said he will work with Trump to exercise more over the coming year, to eat better and lose between 10 and 15 pounds.
Despite the diet and cholesterol concerns, Jackson stressed that Trump's "cardiac health is excellent". 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.
Jackson even joked that if Trump had a healthier diet over the past two decades, he possibly could have lived to be 200 years old.
Critics wondered aloud about Trump's ability to perform his duties, as some psychiatrists around the country ignored their profession's stricture against making assessments in the absence of a personal exam to suggest that Trump had dementia.