NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — President Donald Trump performed “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening during his recent physical examination.
That’s according to his White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson.
The doctor says he had “absolutely no concerns” about the 71-year-old president’s cognitive abilities, but performed the screening because Trump asked him to do it.
Jackson said Trump scored 30 out of 30 on the cognitive test. He said Trump has no mental or cognitive issues and is very sharp.
The doctor said Trump’s overall health “is excellent.” Jackson provided a more detailed readout Tuesday following Trump’s first physical last Friday at the Walter Reed military hospital.
He said Trump does have high cholesterol and needs to diet and exercise more.
When asked how Trump can been such good health while eating McDonald’s and drinking Diet Coke and not exercising, Dr. Ronny Jackson said: “It’s called genetics. I don’t know. Some people have, you know, just great genes. You know, I told the president if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he could live to be 200 years old. I don’t know.”
It’s a tradition for presidents to release the results of their annual physicals.
In September 2016, Trump’s personal doctor, Harold N. Bornstein, said he took low-dose aspirin and a statin drug to help lower his cholesterol. A summary from Bornstein said the then-candidate’s cardiac, thyroid and other test results were normal for someone of his age. At the time, the doctor said Trump was 6 foot 3 and 236 pounds, which qualifies him as overweight and nearly obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Meanwhile, back at the White House the president attacked Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin, who accused him of making a vulgar comment about immigration.
Trump tweeted, “Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.”
Many Democrats say protection of young immigrants under the DACA program is a requirement for their supporting a budget deal to avert a government shutdown.