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Ronny Lynn Jackson (born May 4, 1967) is an American physician and a rear admiral in the United States Navy. First appointed to the role of Physician to the President on July 25, 2013 by Barack Obama, he was retained by Donald Trump after his inauguration in 2017.

Daily Intelligencer

Published  1 week ago

On Thursday, just after Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the possible declaration of a national emergency using the notes app, the White House quietly released the results of President Trump’s annual physical, six days after the four-hour doctor’s visit occurred. Enough time had passed that Dick Cheney’s former physician – who knows a thing or two or five about cardiovascular health – began to speculate about what sort of results the president might be concealing. Turns out, it’s nothing one of Trump’s oversized coats can’t hide: at 243 pounds, according to his BMI index, the president is obese.

The Body Mass Index – which measures weight divided by height, squared – certainly has its flaws, the primary one being that it cannot determine between fat and muscle. But considering that Trump’s BMI of 30.4 was derived from his self-reported height of six feet, three inches, it’s likely that his BMI measurement is much higher. According to the girther micro-movement of 2018, or anyone who’s seen a picture of the purportedly six-foot-three Trump next to the definitely six-foot-one Obama, the president may not be as tall as he says he is. Then, according to Maggie Haberman, there’s speculation among “several allies and associates” that Trump weighs more than he’s putting on.

After last year’s physical, outside physicians determined that Trump’s check-up revealed more serious issues than his then-doctor Ronny Jackson let on. Jackson claimed that Trump was in “excellent” health, dispute having an LDL cholesterol count of 143 – well over the ideal level of 100 for “bad” cholesterol. A Stanford doctor interviewed by the New York Times said he would “definitely” be concerned of Trump’s risk of heart attack if he were one of his patients. To the president’s credit – despite not losing the 10 to 15 pounds that Jackson recommended – last week’s physical showed that Trump did lower his cholesterol to 122, which is still 20 points above the preferred range.

According to Trump’s physician Sean Conley, the oldest-ever president, who reportedly drinks up to a dozen Diet Cokes a day, “remains in very good health overall.” That claim has fallen a bit in since the 2015 overstatement from Trump’s then-doctor Harold Bornstein: “Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

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Newsweek

Published  1 week ago

Four days on from President Donald Trump completing a four-hour physical exam, the White House has yet to release details about the results of the tests. The absence of information beyond an initial short memo has prompted the longtime cardiologist of former Vice President Dick Cheney to suggest that the White House was “hiding” something.

“It’s been 4 days since the president underwent his annual physical exam and still no data has been released. What are they hiding?” Dr. Jonathan Reiner wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

It’s been 4 days since the president underwent his annual physical exam and still no data has been released. What are they hiding? @jaketapper @peterbakernyt

— Jonathan Reiner (@JReinerMD) February 12, 2019

Reiner is the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at The George Washington University Hospital and professor of medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 2013, he penned a book with Cheney, titled Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, detailing the Republican’s battle with heart disease. Cheney served as vice president to George W. Bush for two terms between 2001 and 2009.

Immediately after Trump’s annual exam at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the physician to the president, Sean Conley wrote a memo hailing Trump’s health.

“While the reports and recommendations are being finalized, I am 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," it read in part.

While brief, the remarks will still enough to provoke an angry response from a former Obama administration official.

“No doctor can predict someone’s future health,” Ronald Klain, who also served as chief of staff to former Vice President Joe Biden and led the administration’s efforts tackling the Ebola crisis, wrote on Twitter Saturday.

“This is a disgrace to an office with a great tradition of professionalism. Just another institution turned into a joke by a President determined to make anyone willing to submit an instrument of his lies,” he continued.

No doctor can predict someone’s future health.

This is a disgrace to an office with a great tradition of professionalism. Just another institution turned into a joke by a President determined to make anyone willing to submit an instrument of his lies https://t.co/X91box4Gm6

— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) February 9, 2019

The White House did not immediately respond a question from Newsweek about if and when further details about Trump’s physical exam would be released. After Trump’s last exam a press briefing was held with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. Jackson was effusive in his praise of Trump’s health, despite the president admitting to getting little exercise and eating a diet featuring large amounts of fast food.

“Some people just have great genes,” Jackson said in response to questioning about Trump’s glowing report.

Still, Jackson added that he had advised the president to adopt an exercise regime and better diet. Just ahead of Trump’s latest physical on Friday, the White House acknowledged that the president had not followed the guidelines.

“The president received a diet and exercise plan last year after his annual physical, but the President admits he has not followed it religiously,” White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN.

SARAH PALIN

Published  1 week ago

Trump spent part of his Friday undergoing a medical examination at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the Washington Examiner reports. According to the doctor who conducted the medical examination, President Trump is in great health and is fully capable of carrying out the remainder of his presidential term.

The doctor also said the 72-year-old president would be healthy enough to remain in office for a second term “and beyond.”

Those words are undoubtedly triggering to some liberals who often wish Trump will resign, be impeached, or fall too ill to govern.

“This afternoon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the President participated in a second periodic physical examination,” White House doctor Sean Conley said in a statement. “Over the course of approximately four hours, I performed and supervised the evaluation with a panel of 11 different board-certified specialists. He did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia.”

“The president is very grateful for the outstanding care he received today, and he especially wants to thank all the doctors, nurses, enlisted and civilian staff who participated.

“While the reports and recommendations are still being finalized, I am 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 statement continued.

Trump’s health has long been a point of criticisms by his critics. Last year, his medical examination was conducted by Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who similarly said Trump was in excellent health.

From USA Today:

Trump’s health has long been a subject of interest, despite a doctor’s assessment last year that he has “incredibly good genes” and was in “excellent health.” The 72-year-old president doesn’t exercise regularly, beyond golf, and acknowledged last year he takes a statin drug designed to lower his cholesterol.

The president spent four hours at Walter Reed. He returned to the White House Friday evening and did not respond to shouted questions from reporters.

The president, ringing in at 6-foot, 3-inches, had a body mass index last year of 29.9, which places him in the overweight category on the verge of obesity, which is defined as a BMI of 30 or greater. Similar details from this year were not yet available.

Dr. Ronny Jackson, who performed the assessment last year, reported that – like many Americans – the 239-pound president could use more exercise and a better diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates. After anonymous sources questioned the president’s mental capacity in the bombshell book “Fire and Fury,” Jackson last year performed an assessment to screen for cognitive impairment.

Trump got a perfect score, Jackson said.

“The president is mentally very sharp,” the doctor said at the time.

Diamond & Silk

Published  1 week ago

Trump spent part of his Friday undergoing a medical examination at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the Washington Examiner reports. According to the doctor who conducted the medical examination, President Trump is in great health and is fully capable of carrying out the remainder of his presidential term.

The doctor also said the 72-year-old president would be healthy enough to remain in office for a second term “and beyond.”

Those words are undoubtedly triggering to some liberals who often wish Trump will resign, be impeached, or fall too ill to govern.

“This afternoon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the President participated in a second periodic physical examination,” White House doctor Sean Conley said in a statement. “Over the course of approximately four hours, I performed and supervised the evaluation with a panel of 11 different board-certified specialists. He did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia.”

“The president is very grateful for the outstanding care he received today, and he especially wants to thank all the doctors, nurses, enlisted and civilian staff who participated.

“While the reports and recommendations are still being finalized, I am 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 statement continued.

Trump’s health has long been a point of criticisms by his critics. Last year, his medical examination was conducted by Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who similarly said Trump was in excellent health.

From USA Today:

Trump’s health has long been a subject of interest, despite a doctor’s assessment last year that he has “incredibly good genes” and was in “excellent health.” The 72-year-old president doesn’t exercise regularly, beyond golf, and acknowledged last year he takes a statin drug designed to lower his cholesterol.

The president spent four hours at Walter Reed. He returned to the White House Friday evening and did not respond to shouted questions from reporters.

The president, ringing in at 6-foot, 3-inches, had a body mass index last year of 29.9, which places him in the overweight category on the verge of obesity, which is defined as a BMI of 30 or greater. Similar details from this year were not yet available.

Dr. Ronny Jackson, who performed the assessment last year, reported that – like many Americans – the 239-pound president could use more exercise and a better diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates. After anonymous sources questioned the president’s mental capacity in the bombshell book “Fire and Fury,” Jackson last year performed an assessment to screen for cognitive impairment.

Trump got a perfect score, Jackson said.

“The president is mentally very sharp,” the doctor said at the time.

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

President Trump underwent his “second periodic physical exam” on Friday and was judged to be “in very good health” by his physician.

"This afternoon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the president participated in a second periodic physical examination,” Sean P. Conley, DO, the physician to the president, said in a statement.

“Over the course of approximately four hours, I performed and supervised the evaluation with a panel of 11 different board-certified specialists. He did not undergo any procedures requiring sedation or anesthesia,” Conley said.

“While the reports and recommendations are being finalized, I am 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," Conley said.

It wasn't immediately clear when a full report on Trump's exam would be released.

Trump's 2018 examination occurred with much greater fanfare and public attention. His physician at the time, Dr. Ronny Jackson, was peppered with multiple questions by media members about the president's physical and mental well-being.

“All clinical data indicates the president is healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy, said at the time.

Jackson recommended that Trump do more dieting and exercise. He said Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which was higher than recommended.

Jackson was later nominated by the president to run the VA but he was forced to withdraw his nomination following multiple allegations of drinking while on duty.

The president recently re-nominated Jackson for a second star despite an ongoing Pentagon investigation against him.

During his campaign for president in December 2015, Trump released a letter from his longtime personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, predicting he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to presidency.”

Bornstein later told NBC News that the president’s longtime bodyguard and an attorney, along with another man, raided his office last year to take the president’s medical records. But press secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House simply “took possession” of Trump's past medical records from Bornstein, denying a “raid” ever took place, calling what happened “standard operating procedure.”

Fox News' Jennifer Earl and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

The Daily Beast

Published  3 weeks ago

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Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, said they placed a phone call to Gov. Ralph Northam and demanded his resignation after his bizarre press conference on Saturday. Northam is under fire for a racist photo published on his 1984 yearbook page. On Friday, the Democrat first said he was in the photo showing a man in blackface and another one in KKK robes. Then on Saturday he said he was sure he wasn’t in the photo (because he doesn’t remember it)—but said he had darkened his face for a Michael Jackson dance contest the same year. “After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign,” Kaine, Warner, and Rep. Bobby Scottt of Virginia said in a statement. “Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted immense pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders. He should step down and allow the Commonwealth to begin healing.”

President Trump has chosen his former White House physician, Adm. Ronny Jackson, to resume his role as chief medical adviser. Jackson is the subject of an ongoing Pentagon investigation into allegations he haphazardly gave out medication, drank on the job, and created a hostile work environment. The allegations caused Jackson to withdraw his nomination to be Veteran Affairs secretary in June. On Friday, the White House also nominated the Navy admiral for a second star.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax broke his silence on the racism scandal enveloping Ralph Northam, less than an hour after the Democratic governor said he would not resign from office. Fairfax, the second African-American ever elected to statewie office, said of Northam: “I cannot condone the actions from his past that, at the very least, suggest a comfort with Virginia’s darker history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping, and intimidation.”

Federal prosecutors claim that accused drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had sex with girls as young as 13, according to court documents unsealed late Friday. “The defendant called the youngest of the girls his ‘vitamins’ because he believed that sexual activity with young girls gave him ‘life,’” feds wrote. The accusations come from the testimony of Alex Cifuentes, Guzman’s former secretary, who also claimed that he and Guzman drugged the girls before assaulting them. The filings also accused Guzman of raping his former mistress. “Joaquin denies the allegations, which lack any corroboration and were deemed too prejudicial and unreliable to be admitted at trial,” his lawyers told the New York Post. On Monday, a Brooklyn jury will begin deliberating a 17-count indictment against him. If convicted, El Chapo could face up to life in prison.

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A cash-strapped Donald Trump asked Deutsche Bank for a loan during his presidential campaign, but was turned down, according to the New York Times. The request came in early 2016, when Trump was loaning tens of millions to his presidential campaign and spending extensively to expand his company’s property holdings. While the bank was one of the few financial institutions still willing to lend Trump money (after several bankruptcies in the 1980s and ‘90s), it ultimately refused. Trump’s request triggered a fight among top bank officials, who thought lending him money posed too much risk. They worried that if Trump won the presidency and then defaulted, the bank would be faced with two unfavorable choices: not collecting on this debt, or seizing the president’s assets.

A bettor has placed a $1.5 million wager on the underdog Los Angeles Rams to beat the favored New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday. While most bets have been placed on the Patriots to beat the 2.5-point spread, Sportsbook operator William Hill reportedly received a $1.5 million bet on Friday in favor of the Rams. This same bettor placed $1 million on the Philadelphia Eagles over the Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, and walked away with $1.65 million with the Eagles surprise win. The South Point sports book also took a $300,000 wager in favor of the Rams. At bookmaker William Hill, more and more bets are leaning toward the Rams. In the past 11 years, the underdog has won the Super Bowl eight times.

More than 1,000 inmates in a Brooklyn federal jail have gone without heat and hot water for days, lawyers say. Inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center and are enduring limited electricity since a fire broke out at the jail last weekend, according to the Federal Defenders. The legal aid organization also claims that jail officials have cancelled all visits from their families and attorneys, as well as recreational activities. The jail’s warden said through a spokeswoman that the facility had experienced a power outage on Saturday, but denied that heat and hot water weren’t working. The inmates have reportedly used flashlights to bang on their cell windows in protest of the conditions. Some 1,600 inmates are housed at the jail and they include defendants in high-profile terrorism and drug cases, as well as inmates facing more routine charges.

I am outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center where prisoners are without heat. The banging noise is them protesting for all of us to hear. They are without heat for days. This is in BROOKLYN. pic.twitter.com/h3UiVcR6VF

— Shahana Hanif (@HShahana) February 1, 2019

Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale were spotted holding hands Friday night after his stand-up set in West Hollywood. Davidson and Beckinsale, who are rumored to be romantically involved, then reportedly went to his hotel in Santa Monica. During his show, the Saturday Night Live star reportedly recycled a joke he had made about ex-fiancée Ariana Grande during a January show.

Gizmodo

Published  1 month ago

President Donald Trump’s social media accounts are filled with vile racism, idiotic xenophobia, and inaccurate statistics. And now we can add another category to the list: fake photos.

TheHill

Published  3 months ago

Women began placing "I voted" stickers on the grave of women's suffragist Susan B. Anthony on Tuesday, 146 years after she made history by illegally casting her ballot in a presidential election.

WSJ

Published  6 months ago

Former White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman portrayed herself Monday as part of the anti-Trump “resistance” movement and will spend the midterm-election season laying out her case against supporting the president.

Task & Purpose

Published  6 months ago

A Florida doctor, a lawyer, and the CEO of Marvel Entertainment have been exercising veto power over the VA secretary — with no military or vet experience.

ProPublica

Published  6 months ago

How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration’s veterans policies.

POLITICO

Published  8 months ago

Senate Republicans privately acknowledge that they’re unlikely to pass a funding bill that will satisfy the president.

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