Dick Cheney’s cardiologist ‘skeptical’ about Trump’s weekend medical exam

November 19, 2019

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted about having taken a trip to Walter Reed Medical Center, saying that he “visited a great family of a young man under major surgery” and “began phase one of my yearly physical.”

Despite the president’s assurances that things were “very good,” not everyone was convinced, and among those voicing doubts was Dr. Jonathan Reiner — cardiologist to former Vice President Dick Cheney — who expressed his worries to CNN host Brooke Baldwin, according to Breitbart.

Cardiologist “skeptical”

“[S]pontaneous medical exam is uncommon, raising the question whether there was something specifically at issue on Saturday,” Reiner said. “The White House medical unit on the grounds of the White House compound located in the Eisenhower Executive Office building as well as the executive mansion has a very extensive capability.”

“So, a routine yearly annual physical exam can be handled there. You go to a hospital like Walter Reed for testing that is not available in the White House. That would include things like CAT scans, a test like a stress test. Those things are detailed procedures that would need to be done in a place like Walter Reed. And a routine exam for us, just sort of check the president’s height and weight can be done on the ground floor of the White House,” Reiner added.

“Are you at all suspicious that perhaps there was something that led to this event other than normal procedure?” asked Baldwin.

“I’m skeptical. I think skeptical is the right word,” Reiner answered.

Second opinion

“Think about it this way: The president of the United States has access to multiple physicians on-site, on Saturday afternoon goes unannounced to a medical center. It’s worrisome. It’s worrisome.”

“In some ways, the question is less what did they do on Saturday afternoon? What kind of testing did they do? The more important question, Brooke, is, why was it done? Why did the president and his staff feel at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon it was necessary to travel up to Walter Reed for an evaluation? It’s concerning to me. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to do that kind of testing at Walter Reed … really without provocation.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham addressed the issue of Trump’s health during an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, stressing that Americans have nothing to fear.

“We’ve got a really busy year ahead as you can imagine, so the president decided to go to Walter Reed and get a head start with some routine checkups as part of his annual exam. That’s all it was, it was very routine. We had a down day today, so he made the decision to head there.”

“He’s healthy as can be,” Grisham continued. “I put a statement out about that. He has got more energy than anybody in the White House. That man works from 6:00 a.m. until, you know, very, very late at night. He’s doing just fine.”

Grisham’s statement read in part, “The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week.”

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Adam Peters

Adam Peters is a Conservative Institute staff writer.