President Donald Trump, according to the White House, made an unscheduled trip to Walter Reed hospital on Saturday for a “quick exam and labs” as the first stage of his annual physical.
You shouldn’t just believe them.
Which is not to say that whatever happened on Saturday wasn’t minor or maybe even routine. What it is to say is that this is a President and a White House who have set a standard of dishonesty and obfuscation — up to and including the President’s health — that should force any rational person to question the explanation currently being offered by the White House.
Remember what we already know about this President’s health. Trump is 73 years old and is the oldest person ever elected to a first term as president. In his most recent physical exam — conducted in February — he clocked in at 243 pounds.
In his previous physical conducted in 2018, Trump had been diagnosed with a common form of heart disease and high cholesterol. (As CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta noted at the time, Trump’s heart disease meant that the President had a moderate risk of a heart attack in the following 3-5 years, according to guidance from the Mayo Clinic.)
Analysis by Chris Cillizza