Yesterday, President Trump spent two hours at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It was an unscheduled visit. The White House says that Trump was undergoing part of his annual physical exam early because he anticipated a busy 2020 election season and he wanted to get it out of the way. His last physical was in February. This is how the NYTimes, CNN, and others have reported it:
The appointment was not on the president’s schedule, in contrast to a previous physical that Mr. Trump had in February, also at Walter Reed outside Washington.
In a statement, Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Trump, 73, was taking advantage of a free weekend to begin portions of his annual physical, and was anticipating a busy schedule in 2020. She did not specify what types of tests Mr. Trump had.
Trump himself tweeted the same:
Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center. Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world. Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019
Maybe it’s true! Maybe it’s not! It’s almost impossible to know when it comes to Donald Trump, who has no relationship with the truth whatsoever. It certainly is unusual to complete “phase one” of a physical, which I am not sure is even a thing.
There are lots of unconfirmed reports that Trump was suffering from chest pain, and Twitter is abuzz about a Fox News tweet quickly deleted saying that Trump was checked in for chest pains. That tweet almost did not exist, because screenshots of even quickly deleted tweets would quickly make the rounds. However, Jeanine Pirro did suggest on her program last night that Trump is “almost superhuman,” which is unusual given the timing.
no it’s not a crazy cult who would think that https://t.co/dcnZUZCWPd— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 17, 2019
This guy, a CNN analyst and former Secret Service agent, also thinks something is fishy.
This does not add up; the White House Medical Unit has very comprehensive facilities at the White House complex that could easily accommodate most of what is needed in an annual physical. As a fmr USSS Agent assigned POTUS, I have never seen the annual formality occur in stages. https://t.co/32KGdf8yXR— Jonathan Wackrow (@JDWackrow) November 16, 2019
True or not, Twitter isn’t buying it.
So Trump had a motorcade escort him— Richard Leighton (@texastabx) November 17, 2019
to #WalterReedHospital with no notice so he could visit a great family of a young man under major surgery, and since he was already there he began phase one of his yearly physical.
Yeah, totally believable, just like all of Trump’s tweets.
lol he had an unannounced, unexpected visit to a medical center, told the press "uhh I was just doing one of my many physicals" and CNN ran with that https://t.co/O7gcVizuWr— lib gobbler (@lib_crusher) November 17, 2019
When you've burned all your credibility on big, medium and petty matters you lose the benefit of the doubt on important stuff. And, right now, no one realistically can take at face value the WH word on the president's hospital visit yesterday.— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 17, 2019
Earlier today on CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it's "a bit curious" that Trump went to Walter Reed for an unannounced visit. The W.H. said it was for a physical. Gupta wondered if the medical team had time to plan for his visit. Did they know he was coming ahead of time? (1/2)— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 17, 2019
It is worth noting that Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards defeated the Trump-backed Republican candidate and won re-election in Louisianna last night, despite efforts by Trump to deliver a victory to the Republican candidate in a deeply red state. I’m sure that the stress of that — on top of the Republican loss of a Governor’s house in Kentucky — had nothing to do with Trump’s decision to undergo “phase one” of a physical exam. He was just getting a head start, like you do!
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