False story claims Trump forged physical checkup results
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump did not forge the results of his physical, despite the claims of a story that suggested a misspelled name of the White House doctor indicated the doctor never signed off on the report.
The Washingtonpress piece based its claim on a White House report that was issued in mid-January after Trump’s physical, pronouncing the president in “excellent” health. The release initially misspelled the name of Trump’s physician, Ronny Jackson, spelling the first name Ronnie. The statement was corrected within an hour. Jackson’s own report, released four days later after a news conference, spelled his name correctly and included findings that matched the White House release.
Jackson said the president’s “overall health” was excellent, although he said Trump could exercise more and lose a little weight, and said Trump received a perfect score on a cognitive screening test.
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