On Saturday, President Trump made an unplanned (so far as we know) visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center. The way it was announced by the White House press secretary was like this:
President Trump is at Walter Reed hospital: “Anticipating a very busy 2020, the President is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, D.C., to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed.” – @PressSec
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) November 16, 2019
Immediately, the mongering of rumors kicked off:
I have been checking around with my friends + family in the medical community. They all say the same thing. Not one of them has ever heard of anyone having a portion of a physical done on a Saturday. Also- if Trump uses his “health” to resign, he still faces indictments.
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) November 17, 2019
It’s a good bet he White House is not telling the truth when it claims Trump was at Walter Reed “to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam.” We know this because — well, because those people lie about pretty much everything. https://t.co/VyPFiD7iB2
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 17, 2019
Trump’s health has been turned into some sort of weird fetish with decidedly autoerotic overtones ever since he was inaugurated. Remember these:
Remember when Trump sent a goon squad to raid his doctors office and conceal his Medical records?
No reason. Just posting this today as a reminder. https://t.co/32m9MDbV7v
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) November 18, 2019
@maddow There IS a reason Trump’s doctor is lying about his HEIGHT. When Ronnie Jackson made his height 6’3 rather than his true height, his BMI fell below 30 so he became “OVERWEIGHT “ rather than the truth if he was 6’2 —OBESE!!! I am an obesity expert
— James Ehrlich, MD (@earlydetectdoc) February 15, 2019
— CNN (@CNN) November 16, 2019
Earlier today on CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said it's "a bit curious" that Trump went to Walter Reed for an unannounced visit. The W.H. said it was for a physical. Gupta wondered if the medical team had time to plan for his visit. Did they know he was coming ahead of time? (1/2)
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 17, 2019
Oddly enough, though, if you question the health of Ruth Bader Ginsburg…who has had three different varieties of cancer…you are a ghoul. And the demand for transparency in personal health is not made of any other member of the US government. Not in Congress. Not on the Supreme Court.
What did Trump do on Saturday? Who knows. Maybe it was a 2-hour physical. Maybe he was feeling less than 100% and didn’t want to give anyone the satisfaction of gloating about it. Maybe he had some tests done that were time-consuming. Maybe it was a slow day and the White House press office just decided to jerk some people around.
The speculation did, however, give the Trump campaign organization a chance to show its chops.
BREAKING: An X-Ray image has been released from President @realDonaldTrump’s visit to Walter Reed
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) November 18, 2019