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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Trump says health check-up had ‘better go well’

President jokes that his medical will have a major impact on the stock market

President Trump warned that the stock market would crash if his medical revealed bad findings. EPA/SHAWN THEW
President Trump warned that the stock market would crash if his medical revealed bad findings. EPA/SHAWN THEW

On the eve of his first physical examination as president, Donald Trump joked Thursday that the test had better go well – for the sake of the stock market.

The 71-year-old Mr Trump, who has faced questions about his diet and his mental health, will travel to a military hospital just outside Washington on Friday for a check-up.

“I think it’s going to go very well,” he said, adding that he would be “surprised if it doesn’t.”

“It (had) better go well, otherwise the stock market will not be happy,” he joked.

Mr Trump will go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday to be examined by Ronny Jackson, a military doctor who was also the chief physician to president Barack Obama.

A statement is expected on Friday, followed by a more detailed public briefing about the results on Tuesday.

Past presidential examinations have included vitals such as height, weight, body mass index, resting heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation in the blood.

But they also included more detailed examinations of the heart, lungs, vision, cholesterol and blood glucose that could point to problems.

Amid questions about Trump’s fitness for office, no psychiatric tests are planned, but previous examinations have included neurological examinations, including motor function tests.

They have also listed past medical history, past surgeries and current medications.