On Tuesday, CNN, citing an excerpt from a New York Times correspondent’s book, reported that when President Trump visited the Walter Reed medical center in November 2019, Vice President Mike Pence was instructed to temporarily take the place of the head of state if necessary, if Trump needed complex medical procedures. No evidence of this, except “I became aware,” the journalist in his book does not give, writes CNN. The white house then reported that Trump visited the hospital for a routine check-up.
Trump ultimately rejected these reports, calling them fake.
“President Trump has asked that I, Dr. Sean Conley, the President’s physician, speak out about reports about his health. I can confirm that President Trump has never suffered, nor has he ever been diagnosed with cerebrovascular disease (stroke), transient ischemic attack (micro-stroke), or acute cardiovascular disease, as some media outlets incorrectly reported today,” he told reporters at the President’s pool.
“The President is healthy, and I have no concerns about his ability to cope with his tight schedule,” the doctor added.