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Trump threatens that his upcoming physical exam 'better go well'

President Trump on Thursday seemed acutely aware of the intrigue surrounding his upcoming physical exam. Asked by a reporter about his predictions, Trump said with a smile: "I think it's going to go very well. I'll be very surprised if it doesn't."

But after thanking reporters and ending the brief press gaggle, the president struck a more ominous tone: "It better go well," Trump said of the exam, "otherwise the stock market will not be happy."

Trump's first physical exam as commander in chief will take place Friday. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who will oversee the procedure, is scheduled to discuss the results at a press briefing next Tuesday. Still, The New York Times notes, "there is no template to follow and no set precedent for administering physicals or reading our results. ... [W]hat [Trump] ultimately reveals to the public about his health will be up to him."

Trump is said to be a prodigious consumer of fast food and reportedly sleeps about as many hours a night as a college student would during finals week. The last time a medical professional was given permission to opine on Trump's health, it was 2015, and the then-candidate's personal doctor declared Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."