Trump says he’ll complete annual physical in next 90 days
President Trump on Monday said he plans to return to Walter Reed Medical Center to complete his annual physical within the next 90 days.
“I’m going probably over the next 90 days,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in North Carolina, adding that he hasn’t made it back because he’s “so busy.”
Trump made a surprise visit to Walter Reed in November for what the White House said were portions of his annual checkup, which officials said would be completed in January. He also visited with military families while he was there.
But the unexpected nature of the visit led to online chatter about whether Trump was dealing with an undisclosed illness or other issue. Trump did not make any public appearances in the two days following the visit, further fueling discussion on social media.
The White House later released a note from Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, dismissing speculation that Trump had been treated “for any urgent or acute issues” during his Saturday trip to Walter Reed.
The visit was part of “a routine, planned interim checkup,” Conley said. Trump did not undergo any specialized heart or neurological evaluations during his roughly three-hour stop at the medical center, the statement from Conley said, though he did not provide many specifics on Trump’s health.
The president’s health is certain to be a point of scrutiny heading into the November election. He will turn 74 in June.
The four Democrats leading in the polls in their primary contest are all 70 or older, and transparency in their health records has been a point of contention for some candidates.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who will turn 79 in September, suffered a heart attack last year but has declined to disclose extensive medical records.