During Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the hosts discussed a doctor’s conclusions about the health of President Donald Trump, asserting that they were “truly frightening.”
Following Trump’s recent medical exam by White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the doctor fielded questions from the press core on Tuesday.
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski read Jackson’s conclusions, saying that Trump earned a “perfect score” on the cognitive test requested by the president himself.
“I’m not sure if it makes me feel better that this doctor says that he has no cognitive issues. It makes me feel worse and more worried for the country,” Brzezinski said, adding that Trump is a “bad guy” who bullies people and lies.
Brzezinski and the panel went on to further malign Trump, ultimately lamenting collectively that “this is who he is.”
During his report on the president’s exam, Jackson also declared that Trump was in “excellent” health with high energy and stamina, adding that he could lose weight and needed to adopt better dietary habits.
Brzezinski mentioned the online “Girther” movement, which casts doubt on whether Trump is 6-feet-3-inches tall and weighs 239 pounds, as Jackson reported.
“Some of the numbers are hard to believe, but I will say Dr. Jackson has a great reputation,” co-host Willie Geist said, noting that Jackson also served under former President Barack Obama. Jackson began his tenure under former President George W. Bush.
“Some of those numbers did stop us in our tracks,” Geist said, “But I take the doctor at his word.”
“Me too,” Brzezinski said.
Scarborough claimed that he saw former Obama White House adviser David Axelrod on Tuesday, who praised Jackson as a “straight shooter.”
“We won’t question the doctor,” Scarborough said. Referring to Trump, he remarked, “I will say, on his mental sharpness, if that is in fact the case, and medically, perhaps, that is, he has shocked and surprised a lot of people who have worked around him for the past several years who have been saying that he is not.”
Scarborough added he knew someone whose height and weight were similar to those reported for Trump.
“All I can tell you is this. If that’s what 239 pounds looks like, I would weigh 170 pounds, so yes, I have great respect for people who have great respect for this doctor, but if that’s what 6-3, 239 pounds looks like, that’s a shock to me,” he said.
Brzezinski concluded, “Taking the doctor at his word, though, in terms of the testing and stuff, that is actually truly frightening. It leaves the options as to what’s going on in a very bad category.”