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Trump’s Mysterious Visit to the Hospital

Updated November 19, 10:23 am

At 2:15 pm Saturday, President Trump left the White House looking uncharacteristically disheveled. Half an hour later, he arrived for an unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where he has his checkups.

And that’s what the White House said it was, an early start for his annual “checkup,” for which he is not due until February.

So of course, I don’t believe it. I don’t think Trump wastes his time going to the hospital for two-part checkups.

I’m not saying it isn’t true. I’m just saying I don’t believe it.

While he sounded pretty healthy Friday, he hasn’t talked to the press in three days. That’s unusual.

Certainly, there was no emergency. He spent half an hour motoring to the hospital. But the president should authorize Walter Reed to release a statement attesting to why he was there.

UPDATE: Trump’s White House physician released the following statement:

This past Saturday afternoon the President traveled up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a routine, planned interim checkup as part of the regular, primary preventative care he receives throughout the year . . . despite some of the speculation, the President has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues. Specifically, he did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations.

I’ve covered the White House for more than 20 years. I remain convinced this was not routine, though I can’t gauge how serious it was.

7 Responses to Trump’s Mysterious Visit to the Hospital

  1. It was reported on yesterday. Here is a statement from his Physician. The White House on Monday released a note from President Trump’s physician seeking to dispel speculation about his physical state after he made an unannounced trip to Walter Reed for exams over the weekend.

    “Despite some of the speculation, the President has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues,” Navy Cdr. Sean Conley, physician to the president, said in a letter released by the White House.

    The visit was part of “a routine, planned, interim check-up,” Conley said. Trump did not undergo any specialized heart or neurological evaluations during his roughly three hour stop at the medical center. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/471030-trumps-doctor-issues-letter-addressing-speculation-about-visit-to?fbclid=IwAR1LO28wX2AX9QCbyIvtE9sYJILTEnC0NqX9TOHjlC3l4BW23-orGbPtZCw

  2. 70+year old men with chest pains do not walk through the house, down the stairs and climb into a vehicle. Doesn’t happen that way, and add on the POTUS category to stick a fork in that story (or wishful thinking of some).
    What could it be?
    How about the flu, he ate something bad, oh-no kidney stones, gallbladder acting up, exhaustion, pulled a muscle, or any other ailment that would call for a trip to the doctor for treatment.
    I’d agree that this isn’t a planned visit, but to assume the worst won’t make it so.

    • “NO privacy for a sitting President”…

      ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ sure seemed to have ALOT…never saw the WH Press Corps busting their asses to cover/report/investigate Obama… :-(

  3. Not surprising someone his age (and even those several years younger) might actually have to go to the doctor more than once a year.

    I notice how the MSM ran with this over the weekend, first hypothesizing about what would happen if he were incapacitated…then quickly pivoting back to removing him via impeachment.

    Either way, they want him out – dead or alive.

  4. There are rumors that it had nothing to do with his health;) I won’t give the source. Maybe those that like and use WaPo can figure out it out;)