Dick Cheney's cardiologist thinks there's something fishy about Trump's medical exam

Donald Trump.
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In 2018, President Trump's physician held a press conference to gush over the results of his annual physical exam, hailing his "incredible genes" and sharing that he told Trump "if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200." In 2019, beyond releasing a brief memo saying Trump is in "very good health," the White House is staying quiet.

Jonathan Reiner, director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at The George Washington University Hospital and former Vice President Dick Cheney's cardiologist, thinks this is awfully suspicious. "It's been 4 days since the president underwent his annual physical exam and still no data has been released," he tweeted Tuesday. "What are they hiding?"

On Friday, the White House released a memo from Sean Conley, the physician to the president, which revealed that Trump underwent a four-hour physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He said the "reports and recommendations are being finalized," but he's "happy to announce the president of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency, and beyond." The White House has yet to release any medical data from the exam.

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It's a turnaround from last year, when his doctor at the time, Ronny Jackson, spoke at length about the president's exam. He admitted Trump could exercise more and eat better, but still said he was in excellent health, both mentally and physically.

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.