Latest Trump administration executive order targets veteran mental health

Latest Trump administration executive order targets veteran mental health

"We want them to get the highest care and the care that they so richly deserve", Trump said before he signed the order in the Oval Office.

President Donald Trump and his White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, left, listen as U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin speaks on August 3. The terse letter written by Trump's then-physician Harold Bornstein famously culminated in the declaration that Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

"I think it's going to go very well", Trump told reporters Thursday.

Trump took the unusual step of threatening legal action to try to suppress publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff. Results of past presidential physicals have included basic data like weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In advance, the 71-year-old president has pushed back vigorously against suggestions he's mentally unfit, declaring himself "a very stable genius".

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The medical checkup at Walter Reed Medical Center in nearby Bethesda, Maryland, will be the first for Trump since he took office almost a year ago. But what has been a fairly routine exam for previous presidents has taken on outsized importance in the age of Trump, given the tone of some of his tweets, comments attributed to some of his close advisers and Trump's recent slurring of words on national TV.

How much of the results he releases after are up to him, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claiming he will follow in the footsteps of his predecessors by releasing a report to say he is 'fit for duty'. The doctor's 2016 letter said Trump's testosterone level, 441.6, was in the normal range, as were his PSA reading for prostate abnormalities and tests of his liver and thyroid. "This president works tirelessly for the American people".

Why is Donald Trump undergoing a physical? He is also the heaviest president in at least a generation and consumes a diet heavy with Big Macs, Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, fried chicken, pizza, well-done steak and two rounds of dessert. He also provided care for President Barack Obama and became a White House physician in 2006. A year after that, while Jackson was still in Iraq, the George W. Bush administration selected him to be a White House physician under Air Force Brigadier General Richard Tubb.

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"They'll be able to fill out a document to say, 'I encounter these things, whatever the diagnosis may be'". This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media , a reporting collaborative focused on public health.

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