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What we can expect to learn from Trump’s physical

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President Trump shakes hands with White House Physician Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

The White House physician is scheduled to deliver a report today on Trump’s health. So, how much will we learn? Potentially a lot, but this won’t be the smoking gun Trump’s fiercest critics might have been hoping for.

What to watch for: The official report from the White House usually gives the public more actual information than the vague assurances we’ve gotten so far that Trump is in “excellent health.”

  • It usually includes the president’s height, weight, blood pressure, resting heart rate, cholesterol levels, and a list of medications he’s taking.
  • All of that would be new information about Trump, and will be especially interesting given the reports about his relatively poor diet and lack of physical activity.
  • The president’s physician generally does not perform (or at least, does not release the results of) any cognitive tests.

Go deeper: Here’s Obama’s last official health report, as a guideline for making sense of today’s.

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