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.