Trump to get physical exam after slurring words during Jerusalem speech

By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |  Dec. 8, 2017 at 9:23 AM
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Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The White House said President Donald Trump will undergo a physical examination early next year, a revelation that comes after the president's speech on Jerusalem drew attention for what sounded like a few slurred words.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that Trump will receive a full physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the traditional location for presidential medical care.

She said the exam will occur in "the first part of the new year" and will be "the full physical that most presidents go through.

"Those records will be released by the doctor following that [examination]," Sanders said.

During her news briefing Thursday, Sanders dismissed the idea that anything was wrong with Trump's health when he announced the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital or Israel.

"The president's throat was dry, nothing more than that," she said.

The last word in the speech, which ended, "God bless the United States," was heard to sound like "shtesh," and Trump had difficulty with other words that included the letter "s." Observers used social media to suggest symptoms ranging from a stroke to slipping dentures.

Trump has faced questions about his health since the 2016 presidential election campaign. Now 71, he was the oldest person ever elected president, and admittedly enjoys fast food and shuns exercise, except for golf.

A letter last year from Dr. Harold Bornstein called Trump "in excellent health."

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