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Trump will have a medical exam at Walter Reed next year, White House says

 (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
(Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

President Trump will be examined at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center next year, and records from his physical will be released, Trump’s top spokeswoman said Thursday.

“He does have a physical scheduled for the first part of next year — the full physical that most presidents go through,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. “That will take place at Walter Reed, and those records will be released by the doctor following that taking place.”

Trump, who is 71, is the oldest person elected to the White House. He bucked tradition during the campaign by refusing to disclose detailed medical records. 

Previous presidents typically were examined by a military doctor each year they were in office and released the doctor’s findings. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush both released such records within the first several months they were in office.  

Trump repeatedly questioned opponent Hillary Clinton’s strength and stamina during the campaign, particularly when Clinton briefly left the campaign trail after she came down with pneumonia and nearly collapsed while leaving a Sept. 11 memorial event in New York City.

In December 2015, Trump released an enthusiastically worded letter from his longtime physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, which said Trump, if elected, would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

Questions about Trump’s health have come up repeatedly. New ones were raised Wednesday when Trump slurred the final words of his speech recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Such questions were “frankly, pretty ridiculous,” Sanders said, repeating the White House explanation that Trump’s stumbles involved nothing more than a dry mouth. “The president’s throat was dry, nothing more than that,” Sanders said.

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