Donald Trump's doctor says president was not evaluated for 'urgent or acute' illness

John Fritze, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's physician dismissed speculation late Monday about his unexpected trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center over the weekend, calling the visit "routine" and "preventative."

Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, dismissed speculation that the president had been brought to the hospital for chest pain and specifically said Trump was not evaluated for "any urgent or acute issues." 

White House officials have been working to downplay the unexpected visit on Saturday to the suburban Washington medical center. The president's annual physical usually is announced in advance to avoid speculation about his health, but was not in this case.

Though the White House usually discloses the president's weight, blood pressure and other details of an annual exam, Conley provided only the president's cholesterol numbers. Conley said he would provide a more comprehensive exam early next year. The president last had his annual physical in February. 

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Trump had a total cholesterol level of 165, down from the 196 number reported in February, Conley said. 

"Primary preventative care is something that occurs continuously throughout the year, it is not just a single annual event," Conley wrote in a memo release late Monday by the White House. 

Trump’s health has long been a subject of interest, despite a doctor’s assessment last year that he has “incredibly good genes” and was in "excellent health." The 73-year-old president doesn’t exercise regularly, beyond golf, and acknowledged last year he takes a statin drug designed to lower his cholesterol.

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Trump's exam from earlier this year showed he had a blood pressure reading of 118 over 80, which is within the normal range, and weighed 243 pounds. The president had a resting heart rate at that time of 70 beats per minute, considered normal.

Conley said the president visited with medical staff and the family of a soldier undergoing surgery. He said the visit was initially kept off the record due to "scheduling uncertaintanties."

Contributing: Nicholas Wu

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