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Donald Trump angrily DENIES he 'suffered a series of mini-strokes' and gets White House doctor to back him up after book revealed Mike Pence was told to be ready to take over during president's Walter Reed hospital visit

President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at critics who have combed over his surprise visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last year as he forcefully denied having suffered a series of 'mini-strokes.' 
Trump went after the 'FAKE NEWS' on Twitter after explosive revelations in a new book that Vice President Mike Pence was on standby during the unscheduled November 2019 trip, which the White House said at the time Trump took because he had a 'free weekend.' 
'It never ends! Now they are trying to say that your favorite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a series of mini-strokes. Never happened to THIS candidate - FAKE NEWS. Perhaps they are referring to another candidate from another Party!' Trump wrote – making the suggested that rival Joe Biden had suffered a stroke without offering evidence.
As the book's author, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt noted online, his book's dive into the Walter Reed trip included nothing about mini-strokes. 
After setting off new rounds of speculation by bringing up the issue, Trump directed the White House physician to release a statement stating that he had never been treated for a 'cerebrovascular accident.'  
“President Donald J Trump has asked that I, Dr. Sean Conley, Physician to the President, address the recent public comments regarding his health,' said Dr. Sean P. Conley, physician to the president, in a statement released by the White House.  
'I can confirm that President Trump has not experienced nor been evaluated for a cerebrovascular accident (stroke), transient ischemic attack (mini stroke), or any acute cardiovascular emergencies, as have been incorrectly reported in the media.'
He continued: 'The President remains healthy and I have no concerns about his ability to maintain the rigorous schedule ahead of him. As stated in my last report, I expect him to remain fit to execute the duties of the Presidency.'
On Monday, former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart floated the theory that the president was covering up a stroke. 
President Donald Trump lashed out at claims he went to Walter Reed medical center last year for 'having suffered a series of mini-strokes.' He added in an attack and insinuation on his rival: 'Never happened to THIS candidate'
President Donald Trump lashed out at claims he went to Walter Reed medical center last year for 'having suffered a series of mini-strokes.' He added in an attack and insinuation on his rival: 'Never happened to THIS candidate'
'Did @realDonaldTrump have a stroke which he is hiding from the American public?' Lockhart tweeted. 
On August 1, crime author Don Winslow tweeted out a video clip of Trump repeatedly slurring his words during a December 2017 speech on Israel. 
Winslow claimed to have heard from 'whistleblowers' inside the Trump administration about the president's health.
'I've received three communications saying that during his term Trump has suffered a 'series' of 'mini-strokes,' Winslow wrote.
Trump continues to attack Joe Biden's mental capacity even as he denied suffering a series of 'mini-strokes'
Trump continues to attack Joe Biden's mental capacity even as he denied suffering a series of 'mini-strokes'
'Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities,' Trump says in the clip, flubbing a prepared line. He even slurred his closing line when he said 'God Bless the United States.'
Then-White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at the time when questioned about Trump's performance: 'The president’s throat was dry, nothing more than that.' 
Winslow tweeted Tuesday afternoon following Trump's denial: 'More than a dozen Secret Service agents are aware of Donald Trump's medical condition and mini-strokes.' 
The attack by the 74-year-old Trump on the 77-year-old Biden came after revelations in a new book that the White House had Vice President Mike Pence on stand by in November last year when Trump made an unplanned visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
New York Times author Michael Schmidt noted his book, which examines the November 2019 Walter Reed trip, does not mention 'mini-strokes'
New York Times author Michael Schmidt noted his book, which examines the November 2019 Walter Reed trip, does not mention 'mini-strokes'
Former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart tweeted the unproven theory that Trump had suffered a stroke
Former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart tweeted the unproven theory that Trump had suffered a stroke
Author Don Winslow tweeted Trump slurring his words and claimed to have whistleblower sources tell him Trump suffered 'mini-strokes'
Author Don Winslow tweeted Trump slurring his words and claimed to have whistleblower sources tell him Trump suffered 'mini-strokes'

Trump was seen on video during a July video of his trip to a laboratory in North Carolina dragging his right foot while touring the facility. 
In January, Trump could be seen shuffling his feet as he moved to his right while clapping at the March for Live in Washington, D.C. 
In June, Trump was seen carefully walking down a ramp during his visit to West Point while being aided by the military academy's superintendent. 
In November 2019, the president made an unannounced trip to the hospital for 'quick exam and labs' as part of his annual physical exam out of anticipation of a 'very busy 2020,' the White House said at the time.
But the surprise nature of the trip lead to questions about the president's medical condition.
And in Michael Schmidt's 'Donald Trump v. the United States,' out on Tuesday, the author writes Pence was on standby if the president had to undergo a procedure that would have required anesthesia.
It is the job of the vice president to assume executive powers should the president be incapacitated in some way, according to the 25th amendment to the Constitution.
Schmidt writes, according to a New York Times review of his book: The White House wanted Mike Pence 'on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized.' 
Pence obviously never had to step in.  
The last time a vice president took such a step was Dick Cheney in July 2007 when George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy and was under sedation.
In a statement at the time of Trump's hospital visit, then-White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that Trump had undergone a 'quick exam and labs' and that he 'remains healthy and energetic without complaints.' 
She also said that the president had taken advantage of a 'free weekend' in Washington to 'begin portions of his routine annual physical exam.' 

The White House had Vice President Mike Pence on stand by in November last year when President Donald Trump made an unplanned visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
The White House had Vice President Mike Pence on stand by in November last year when President Donald Trump made an unplanned visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
President Trump in route to Walter Reed on Saturday, November 16, 2019, for a visit the White House said was part of his routine physical
President Trump in route to Walter Reed on Saturday, November 16, 2019, for a visit the White House said was part of his routine physical 
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But Trump's trip raised so many questions about the then 73-year-old's health that the White House released a memo a few days later denying 'speculation' that he had been treated for a medical emergency.  
Dr. Sean Conley, the president's personal physician, wrote that Trump's 'interim checkup' had been 'routine,' and was only kept secret because of 'scheduling uncertainties.'

'Despite some speculation, the President has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues,' Conley wrote in the memo. 'Specifically, he did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations.'
The full results of the president's physical were released in June and he was reported to be 'healthy.' 
Schmidt's book, meanwhile, 'tells the dramatic, high-stakes story of those who felt compelled to confront and try to contain the most powerful man in the world as he shredded norms and sought to expand his power,' according to its Amazon.com description.
It is the latest in a spat of books to come about the Trump administration, including Bob Woodward's upcoming book 'Rage' and Michael Cohen's upcoming 'Disloyalty.' 
There are also recently published books from Mary Trump, about her uncle's upbringing, and former National Security Adviser John Bolton about his White House tenure.  Even the first lady has not been immune. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's memoir about her work with Melania Trump, the two were long time friends, comes out Tuesday.  
The last time a vice president took over for a president was Dick Cheney in July 2007 when George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy and was under sedation
The last time a vice president took over for a president was Dick Cheney in July 2007 when George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy and was under sedation

1 comment:

  1. it is a sad state of affairs...when the president does not have one competent physician taking care of his health! when i first heard the report that he was drinking 12 cans of Diet Coke daily, i was shocked and amazed that he was not advised to quit the habit! now we see the effects of drinking 144 ounces of 2.7 Ph acid water with the addition of Asparatame, a neuro toxin, cancer causing and stroke inducing chemical poison! the prognosis is not good, given the continued and continuous acidification of his body. the leg weakness from the small strokes are just a prelude of more serious events to come. denial is the longest river in Africa!

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