The White House physician issued a statement to reporters on Tuesday refuting the notion that President Donald Trump had a stroke.
The president’s physician Dr. Sean Conley issued a statement to reporters confirming that Trump had not experienced or been evaluated for a stroke or a mini-stroke or “any acute cardiovascular emergencies.”
“The president remains healthy and I have no concerns about his ability to maintain the rigorous schedule ahead of him,” Conley wrote. “As stated in my last report, I expect him to remain fit to execute the duties of the presidency.”
Trump has faced a number of stories speculating on his physical and mental health throughout his presidency, though the reports lack evidence of any serious health condition.
The latest rumor was sparked by New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt who reported in his upcoming book that Vice President Mike Pence was on standby to assume the powers of the presidency during a visit to Walter Reed Hospital in November 2019. Pence did not ultimately assume the powers of the presidency, the book notes.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump reacted to the latest rumors about his health highlighted in the corporate media, describing them as “fake news.”
“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
So the president is denying something that no one has actually reported – that he had a series of mini-strokes. https://t.co/GcatJopYV9
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 1, 2020
CNN analyst Joe Lockhart questioned Monday night whether the report meant that the president had a stroke.
Did @realDonaldTrump have a stroke which he is hiding from the American public?
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 31, 2020
But Trump denied that he had “a series of mini-strokes.”
“Never happened to THIS candidate – FAKE NEWS,” Trump wrote.
Alluding to former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump continued, “Perhaps they are referring to another candidate from another Party!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2020