Donald Trump claimed to have started his annual physical at Walter Reed hospital, during a last-minute visit back in November of 2019, but t’s been more than six months and Trump has yet to complete his physical and the White House is mum on why.
When Trump made the unscheduled visit to Walter Reed hospital and when questioned what the trip was about, he stated he was just getting a jump start on some tests for his yearly physical.
Trump’s recent announcement that he was taking an unproven and potentially dangerous drug to combat the coronavirus, which he has tested negative for, makes a complete annual physical even a bigger deal.
Back at the beginning of March, Trump was asked when he would complete his physical, which at that time was 4 months past due. “I’m going probably over the next 90 days. I’m so busy, I can’t do it.”
A month later, Trump stated that he would finish his physical “at the appropriate time.” and then added, “but I feel very good.”
Usually a president’s physical occurs at the beginning of January. Back in 2019 he had his physical the first week of February and in 2018 he had it done in January. It is uncommon for a president to complete parts of the physical months apart in stages.
“As a part of granting a president as much power as we do, he has the obligation to demonstrate that he is well or, if he is not, to let us know exactly what is amiss,” said a presidential historian Michael Beschloss.
“From the time in the 1950s when Dwight Eisenhower released unprecedented information about the heart attack, ileitis and stroke he suffered in office, most presidents have fulfilled that demand, including releasing the results of regular physicals,” Beschloss added. “Too often in history have presidents concealed secret illnesses and medicine routines that had the potential to undermine their leadership, and the wellbeing of all of us.”
Trump’s trip to Walter Reed was made in secrecy and for two days after the visit Trump stayed out of public view. The White House refused to give any real answers about the visit.
Several days after the visit, Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, wrote in a memo that Trump’s “interim checkup” had been “routine.” Conley at the time said a “more comprehensive” examination would occur this year and that the president’s labs and exam results would be released in a corresponding report.
With his announcement that he is taking hydroxychloroquine weekly his health has become a major topic.
On Friday, the Lancet medical journal published a study, which found that hydroxychloroquine use is linked to increased rates of mortality and heart arrhythmias among hospital patients with COVID-19. Heart disease and obesity make taking hydroxychloroquine even more dangerous and Trump has issues with both.