Scarborough questions White House doctor’s report of Trump’s weight
“Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough questioned President Trump’s weight on a White House physician report, stating if “that’s what 6-3, 239 pounds looks like, that’s a shock to me.”
The commentary comes one day after Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson concluded the president was in “excellent health” while also sharing that Trump tallied a perfect score on a cognitive test requested by the president.
“I’m not sure if it makes me feel better that this doctor says he has no cognitive issues. It makes me feel worse and more worried for the country,” Scarborough’s co-host, Mika Brzezinski, said.
“Some of those numbers did stop us in our tracks, but I take the doctor at his word,” co-host Willie Geist also noted.
“We won’t question the doctor,” Scarborough said. “I will say on his mental sharpness, if that is in fact the case, and medically, perhaps, that is, he has shocked and surprised a lot of people who have worked around him for the past several years who have been saying that he is not.”
Scarborough, a frequent critic of the president, did question the weight listed on the test.
“All I can tell you is this: If that’s what 239 pounds looks like, I would weigh 170 pounds, so yes, I have great respect for people who, great respect for this doctor, but if that’s what 6-3, 239 pounds looks like, that’s a shock to me,” he said.
The “Morning Joe” hosts have repeatedly called the president’s mental state into question on the program dating back to May, with Scarborough stating that Trump has “early-onset dementia.”
“We have a president who, Mika and I believe through knowing him, is not mentally stable, is less stable a year and a half ago when people on his campaign told me they believe he had early-onset dementia,” Scarborough said on Katie Couric’s podcast last week.
The former Republican Party member and GOP congressman had his request to write in a Washington Post op-ed that Trump had early on-set dementia denied.
“I’ve written twice in my column a quote about one of — the people closest to Donald Trump during the campaign saying he’s got early-stage dementia,” Scarborough said on the air. “He repeats the same stories over and over again. His father had it. And it’s getting worse, and not a single person who works for him doesn’t know he has early signs of dementia.
“But twice The Washington Post would not let me put that in my column. Which again, I salute them for having a high bar, but we’re at this moment.”
Post editorial editor Fred Hiatt told Margaret Sullivan, the paper’s media columnist, that Scarborough was denied because his source wasn’t a medical professional and therefore could not provide a prognosis on a specific medical condition.
Jackson on Tuesday said he has interacted with Trump, 71, several times a day over the past year and saw no need to conduct a cognitive evaluation as part of the physical because the president is “very sharp” and “very intact.”
But at Trump’s urging, Jackson selected and administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment during the president’s physical exam last week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The exam tests for cognitive disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease, that can occur in older patients.
Trump scored a 30 out of 30, Jackson said, a score he said should put to rest questions about Trump’s mental fitness.
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