On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump’s official doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, gave the world a glowing health assessment of the president, saying he was fit for duty, both physically and mentally.

On Wednesday, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, responded with his own assessment, and claimed that President Trump has heart disease.

Dr. Jackson spoke with reporters Tuesday for nearly an hour, as they hammered him with questions about Trump’s medical well being. Saying he sees the president daily and, at times showing a bit of admiration for Trump, Dr. Jackson maintained that the president was in excellent health. He said that Trump had mostly normal results on several tests of his cholesterol and heart health, and proclaimed the president’s heart to be rated excellent when put into the context of his age.

During the press session, Dr. Gupta asked Dr. Jackson several questions to clarify the positive assessment. On Wednesday, Dr. Gupta’s motivation for doing so seemed clear, as he revealed his own assessment of the president’s heart.

The Hill reports:

Gupta said dating back to 2009, Trump started to have “these tests that are actually looking for the presence of calcium in the blood vessels that lead to the heart.”

“Steadily, up until just this past week when he had it performed again, those numbers have gone up,” he said.

“When they get to a certain range … that means he has heart disease.”

Gupta then talked about his interaction Tuesday with Trump’s doctor, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson.

“It was interesting when I spoke to Dr. Jackson. At first he said he passed all the tests with flying colors,” Gupta said. “When I asked him specifically about that test, he did then concede that, in fact, the president does have heart disease.

“They’re going to be increasing the medications, including the cholesterol-lowering medications to try and combat that, but there’s no question, by all standards, by all metrics, anyway a doctor or cardiologist will look at it, the president does have heart disease.”

Gupta said it’s controllable with medications, adding that Trump needs to have his diet under control.

“But he does have heart disease,” he said.

At Tuesday’s press conference, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a letter indicating the expertise and professional qualifications of Dr. Jackson. The doctor, who has served as the presidential physician since 2013, and was also a trusted care provider for former President Barack Hussein Obama.

Of President Trump’s heart, Dr. Jackson said: “His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good, he continues to enjoy the significant, long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol.”

Several Twitter users are remarking that Dr. Gupta is the one who should receive the “Fake News” award.

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