Experts call for Trump physical to include mental health exam
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More than 70 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health professionals are urging President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE's physician to examine the president's mental health when he conducts a routine physical on Friday, according to a Politico report.

In a letter to Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the physician to the president, the group cast a mental health examination as necessary, citing Trump's "declining faculties for complex thought, rambling speech" and "difficulty completing a thought."

“Your duty to this patient and the country that employs you as an officer of the United States Navy is to refer your patient to specialist care if any elements of your neurological and psychiatric examination yield pertinent results,” reads the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Politico.


“Your threshold for such referral should be low given this patient’s position,” it adds.

The White House has said that Trump, 71, will not receive a mental health exam when he goes to Walter Reed Medical Center for a physical on Friday. While presidential physicals typically do not look at mental health, such tests are routinely recommended for people Trump's age, 71.

Tom Steyer, the Democratic mega-donor who has run television ads in recent months calling for Trump's impeachment, is promoting the letter, according to Politico. He said he is “amplifying the voice of professionals in this field.”

“There’s a fitness question for this president,” Steyer told Politico.