President Donald Trump faces reporters as he travels to Tupelo, Mississippi from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, November 1, 2019.
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President Donald Trump spent more than two hours at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Saturday about what the White House said were medical tests as part of his annual physics.
The appointment was not on Trump's public schedule over the weekend, and his last physical appointment was in February. Spokesman Stephanie Grisham said the 73-year-old president is "expecting a very busy 2020" and wants to take advantage of a "free weekend" in Washington to begin parts of his routine check.
She did not specify which tests he had received or explained why the visit had not been announced in advance. Trump's physical hours for 201
Grisham said after the visit that the president had "quick exams and labs" and assured that he remained in good health.
"The president remains healthy and energetic without complaint, as evidenced by his repeated vigorous speeches in front of thousands of Americans several times a week," she said.
Trump also spends time at a hospital with a special forces family of wounded soldiers in Afghanistan. And he visited with medical staff "to share his gratitude for all the exceptional care our wounded soldiers provide, and wish them early happy thanks," Grisham stated.
This was the president's ninth visit to the hospital, by when he took office
Walter Reed's spokesman Sandy Dean stated that the hospital did not comment on patients receiving care at the facility and referred questions to the White House.
Trump's last check in February 2019 showed that At 243 pounds and 6 feet 3 inches tall, he crossed the official threshold to be considered obese, with a body mass index of 30.4.
This check, which was controlled by his doctor Dr. Sean P. Conley, took more than four hours and included a team of 11 specialists.
"I am happy to announce that the President of the United States is in very good health and I suspect he will remain so during his presidency and beyond." Conley writes afterwards.
The test results were released six days later, showing that Trump weighs 243 pounds – up seven pounds from September 2016 before he becomes president.
Rating a body mass index of 30 is the level at which doctors think of someone obese by the commonly used formula. About 40 percent of Americans are obese, which increases their risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
Trump does not drink alcohol or smoke, but he is known to enjoy fast food, steaks and desserts. His main form of exercise is golf.
The test came on Saturday as investigators from the House of Capitol Hill interviewed a White House budget official as part of an impeachment investigation. Trump insisted he did nothing wrong.