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Trump makes a surprise visit to Walter Reed Medical Center for "quick exams and labs," White House says



President Donald Trump spent more than two hours at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday afternoon to complete "parts" of his annual physical exam, according to the White House.

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Saturday's appointment did not have the president's public schedule over the weekend, unlike Trump's individuals for 2018 and 2019 who were announced ahead of time.

"In anticipation of a very busy 2020, the president is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, D.C., to begin parts of his routine annual physical exam in Walter Reed," White House press center Stephanie Grisham said in a statement he had arrived at the establishment.

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Trump's Adad returned to the White House, Grisham said the 73-year-old president had passed "exams and labs." She added that Trump had met with the family of a Special Forces Specialist who had been provided in Afghanistan while was in the facility.

"The president remains healthy and energetic without complaint, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week."

Trump tweeted about his visit early Sunday morning.

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019

Grisham did not explain why the visit was not announced in advance, nor did he specify which tests Trump received. She later stated that the White House would not publish results of the visit until Trump had completed all aspects of his annual physical.

It was not clear when medical staff received notice of the visit. Walter Reed's spokesman Sandy Dean said the hospital did not comment on patients.

This was Trump's 9th visit to Walter Reed as president.

While he usually boarded a Marine One helicopter to the facility in Maryland, he was traveling with a presidential motorcade in the afternoon on the rail.

Following Trump's last full physical examination in February 2019, Dr. Sean Conley, the President's physician, released a note stating that the President was "in very good health overall" and it must remain so "until the end of his presidency and beyond."

Test results showed that at 6 feet 3 inches tall, Trump has a body mass index of 30.4, crossing the official obesity threshold. He weighed 243 pounds – up seven pounds from September 2016 before becoming president. The results also show that Trump has increased his daily dose of rosuvastatin, a drug used to treat high cholesterol.

A year earlier, Trump's first comprehensive physical president revealed he had a common form of heart disease and high cholesterol. White House physician Ronnie Jackson then suggested that the president's reasonable goal would be to lose 10 to 15 pounds, but he praised Trump for otherwise "excellent health."

"It's called genetics," Jackson told reporters at the White House British Council in January 2018. "Some people just have great genes. I told the president that if he had a healthier diet in the last 20 years, he can live up to 200 years. "

Trump is the oldest president to ever take office. He does not drink alcohol or smoke, but he is known to enjoy fast food, steaks and ice cream. Golf is its main source of exercise.

Saturday's visit to a hospital came when investigators from the Capitol Hill House completed nearly five hours of questioning by Mark Sandy, a White House career officer and former OMB director, as part of the impeachment investigation. Sandy is the first current White House official to testify against a White House order.

Elizabeth Thomas contributed to this report.


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