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.”
CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent @drsanjaygupta has analyzed President Trump’s medical exam, concluding the numbers provided by White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson indicate that Trump has heart disease https://t.co/WTj0zYUSvQ pic.twitter.com/7OSf8jAldF
— CNN (@CNN) January 17, 2018
Several Twitter users are remarking that Dr. Gupta is the one who should receive the “Fake News” award.
1) Let’s give Dr. Sanjay Gupta the 🏆 for #FakeNews Medical contributor for #FakeNewsCNN who has diagnosed .@realDonaldTrump with Heart Disease when in fact he has never examined the president‼️#FakeNewsAwards #WednesdayWisdom #snowday pic.twitter.com/46FUqvGzl7
— ᑭᖇᎥᔕᑕᎥᒪᒪᗩ’ᔕ ᐯᎥᗴᗯ (@passionchica) January 17, 2018
Having lost the argument & wasted days of programming with lies about Trump’s health, @CNN trots out Sanjay Gupta to humiliate & totally discredit himself!
🏆Fake News Award Winner🏆: Medical News – “Dr.” Sanjay Gupta pic.twitter.com/2Npkll0byp
— Beloved Deb (@ExMrsSallah1) January 17, 2018
Fake News: CNN
Fake Newspaper: New York Times
Fake Magazine: Buzzfeed
Fake News Anchor: Don Lemon
Fake News Show: Rachel Maddow
Fake Republican: Jeff Flake
Fake Doctor: Sanjay Gupta
Fake News Reporter: Jim Acosta
Fake Senator: Cory Booker#MAGA #WednesdayWisdom
— MAGA BIG LEAGUE (@ClintonYouLost) January 17, 2018
— CHARLIE DON’T SURF (@som3thingwicked) January 17, 2018
I’ve been married to a doctor for forty years, never have I heard her disparage her profession with a ridiculous politically based malicious statement…shame on you Sanjay Gupta, CNN money bought your dignity!https://t.co/wmmk6aK8xT pic.twitter.com/SiYzqU0E4a
— ╰☆☆ BUD ☆☆╮ (@bud_cann) January 17, 2018