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Trump medical exam won’t include mental fitness test: White House

Trump, 71, will be examined at the Walter Reed military hospital in a Washington suburb Friday and the results are set to be made public.

world Updated: Jan 09, 2018 21:12 IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
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President Donald Trump sings the national anthem before a college football playoff championship, in Atlanta Monday.(AP Photo)

The White House has said President Donald Trump will not undergo a psychiatric exam as part of his upcoming routine fitness test as questions continued to be asked about the state of his mental health, triggered by a tell-all book that has overshadowed the administration in the new year.

Trump himself stoked it in part by claiming in tweets and remarks he was very smart and a “very stable genius” who went to one of the best colleges, made billions as a businessman and won the presidency the first time he ran, unlike, say his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Speculation has continued and the president’s aides and allies have pushed back aggressively. “The White House perspective is outrage and disgust that people who do not know this president or understand the true depth of his intellectual capabilities would be so filled with hate they would resort to something so far outside the realm of reality or decency,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post.

Asked if a psychiatric exam will be part of his physical — at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center — just outside DC on Friday, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidely told reporters, “I’m not going to speak to the -- but, no.”

US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley was asked the president’s mental health on ABC on Sunday. And she said, “As much as everyone wants to talk about stability, was he unstable when he passed the tax reform? Was he unstable when we finally hit back at Syria and said no more chemical weapons? Was he unstable when we finally put North Korea on notice? Was he unstable when he said, ‘Wait, we need to look at Iran because this is getting to be a dangerous situation’? Was he unstable with the jobs or the economy or the stock market?”

Questions about Trump’s mental pre-date the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, and had been raised even by members of his own Republican party. Senator Bob Corker once called the White House an “adult day-care centre”, with aides and officials tasked with minding the president.

First Published: Jan 09, 2018 09:24 IST