President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Nov. 19, dismissed rumors about his health after a medical visit to Walter Reed over the weekend, accusing media of spreading misinformation.
Speaking before a Cabinet meeting at the White House, the president said the trip to Walter Reed Medical Center was only to undergo a portion of his yearly physical.
Trump blamed the media for worrying First Lady Melania that he had suffered a heart attack on the weekend. He described the conversation with Melania.
“I went for a physical, and I came back.”
“My wife said, “Darling, are you Ok? What’s wrong? Oh, they’re reporting that you may have had a heart attack.”
“I said, ‘Why did I have a heart attack.'”
”Because you went to Walter Reed Medical Center.”
“I was only there for a very short period of time, I went, did a very routine, just a piece of it, the rest takes place in January,” Trump continued, noting that afterward he took a tour of the hospital and met with an injured soldier and his family. “I got back home and I get greeted with the news that ‘We understand you had a heart attack!’”
Trump’s visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday caused speculation that he had health concerns, and that his visit was spurred by “massive chest pains.”
“I was called by our people in public relations. “Sir, are you okay?” I said, “Okay from what?” “The word is you had a heart attack. CNN said you may have had a heart attack. You had massive chest pains. You went to the hospital,” President Trump recalled.
“These people are sick. They’re sick,” he said. “The press really in this country is dangerous.”
“We don’t have freedom of the press in this country. We have the opposite. We have a very corrupt media, and I hope they can get their acts straightened out,” he added.
The president spent more than two hours on Saturday for medical tests as part of his annual physical, according to White House.
“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,” President Trump tweeted on Monday.
“Also began phase one of my yearly physical, he added. “Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.”
“Anticipating a very busy 2020, the president is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, D.C., to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed,” press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
Grisham said after the visit that the president had had “a quick exam and labs” and assured he remains in good health.
“The president remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week,” she said.
Dr. Sean P. Conley, physician to the president, wrote in the memo to the press secretary, that Trump was not treated for any urgent issues. He said the president’s visit to the medical center was for a regular checkup and that “scheduling uncertainties“ kept the visit off the record.
President Trump “did not undergo any specialized neurologic or cardiac evaluations,” Conley wrote. He said he would continue to check in on the president, including a “more comprehensive examination after the New Year.“
“Primary preventative medical care is something occurs continuously throughout the year,” Conley wrote, “it is not just a single annual event.”
Memorandum from the President’s Physician pic.twitter.com/yzkjqCBBHc
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) November 19, 2019