Since yesterday afternoon, the majority of the country has been a-buzz with the news of Trump’s health physical. Now, it’s certainly customary for the person that’s serving as the president of the United States to have regular physicals conducted, right? So you may be asking, what made this particular check-up worthy of such a tizzy?
Well, it was completely unscheduled, random, and unannounced. That’s why.
In previous years, Donald’s annual physical was conducted in January or February and the exams were announced and listed on Trump’s public schedule ahead of time. However, for this particular run-of-the-mill “physical” there was absolutely no warning to the public and, well, it’s November.
Of course, a slew of Trump White House sources has claimed that Donald’s spur of the moment visit to the Walter Reed National Medical Center was nothing more than a proactive decision to get a jump on his annual exam, as he expects a “busy” campaigning year come 2020.
Even Donald himself took to his Twitter account with a spiel about his alleged physical.
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“Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center. Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world,” Trump’s tweet began. “Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.”
Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center. Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world. Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019
While we all expected something along these lines to come from Trump himself sooner or later, it still seems odd that he would just randomly elect to have one “phase” of his physical conducted in November, only to supposedly plan to “complete” it sometime next year.
And according to one alleged reporter, there’s a bit more serious reason behind Donald’s odd behavior surrounding this medical exam.
Last night, the Twitter account belonging to Andrew Vernon, an opinion writer for The Hill, posted a tweet claiming that sources were telling him Trump was seen at Walter Reed due to complaints of “chest discomfort.”
“Sources tell me from Walter Reed the President was being checked out for chest discomfort. No other information is available at this time,” the tweet read with the hashtag, #breakingnews.
#BreakingNews Sources tell me from Walter Reed the President was being checked out for chest discomfort. No other information is available at this time.
— Andrew Vernon (@VernonAndrewJ) November 17, 2019
We’re not entirely familiar with Vernon, whose Twitter bio describes him as “President & CEO. Opinion Contributor @thehill. @ColumbiaMSPH Alum & @UMaine Alum. @USArmy Veteran,” but his claim has quickly gained traction on social media and one article on him by the University of Maine claims that Vernon previously worked at the VA as “coordinator and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation therapist with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service.”
So far, no other reporters have confirmed the claims of alleged “chest discomfort” as reasoning for Donald’s unforeseen medical exam and we are also unable to verify the claim with 100 percent certainty at this time. However, several other reporters have certainly spoken on the unusualness of the alleged routine physical:
I’m outside Walter Reed while the president gets his physical. Meanwhile there is a lot of speculation about what the doctors here will tell him about his condition. I will keep you posted. pic.twitter.com/GFnxQcm9Bl
— Tara McKelvey (@Tara_Mckelvey) November 16, 2019
This does not add up; the White House Medical Unit has very comprehensive facilities at the White House complex that could easily accommodate most of what is needed in an annual physical. As a fmr USSS Agent assigned POTUS, I have never seen the annual formality occur in stages. https://t.co/32KGdf8yXR
— Jonathan Wackrow (@JDWackrow) November 16, 2019
Trump’s 2 previous physical exams in office were announced ahead of time by the White House and noted on his daily public schedule.
This time, the President’s motorcade drove to Walter Reed unannounced, w/ reporters directed not to report the movement until arriving @ Walter Reed https://t.co/8CFAnZUQ7d
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 16, 2019
While it’s certainly impossible to know just exactly why Donald decided to make an unannounced visit to the medical center, as it’s clear that he and his team will be peddling the claim of a jumpstarted annual physical no matter the true reason, it simply cannot be ignored that the whole situation is odd, at best.
It certainly leaves us all wondering… What has Donald Trump got up his sleeve?
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