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Trump ‘slurring’ reports ridiculous, will release health records: White House

US president Donald Trump slurred and mispronounced words like “god bless America” during a speech, fuelling speculation about his health

world Updated: Dec 08, 2017 22:03 IST
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US President Donald Trump speaks during a reception at White House in Washington on Thursday.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a reception at White House in Washington on Thursday.(AFP)

US President Donald Trump will undergo medical tests next year after which doctors will release his health records, the White House said on Friday while dismissing as “ridiculous” the reports about his slurred speech.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was responding to questions about 71-year-old Trump’s health after his major policy speech on Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Towards the end of his speech, Trump was seen slurring and mispronouncing words like “god bless America”, fuelling speculation about his health.

“He does have a physical scheduled for the first part of next year, the full physical that most presidents go through.

“That will take place at Walter Reed (National Military Medical Centre), and those records will be released by the doctor following that taking place,” Sanders said.

It is the first time that the White House has committed to releasing health records of Trump, something his predecessors did routinely.

Trump is the oldest person ever elected president, starting his first term in office at 70.