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Donald Trump takes unannounced medical tests as White House says he ‘remains healthy and energetic’

DONALD Trump today said he was in "very good" health after undergoing the first phase of an annual medical check yesterday.

The president tweeted that he had the first phase of checks at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington.

He said: "Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year."

The White House said Trump had undergone a quick exam and some lab tests.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said: "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."

She said the president also visited the medical staff and thanked them for their care of wounded service members, and met with the family of a special forces soldier injured in Afghanistan.

She added: "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."

She provided no details about the exam or laboratory tests that Trump underwent during his ninth visit to the medical center.

The president's unexpected and unscheduled trip to the medical center triggered questions on social media since it came months before the annual physical has been carried out in the past.

In a tweet Grisham slapped down the questions as irresponsible.

She said: "Seems to be a lot more fun for people/some reporters to speculate & spread irresponsible/dangerous rumors."

The 73-year-old is the oldest person to be sworn in for his first term as president, and the state of Trump's health has attracted attention in the past.

During his campaign he produced a letter that said he would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

But the doctor named as its author later said Trump had written the letter - which claimed he was in astonishingly excellent" health - himself.

In February, Trump was declared "in very good health" by the White House physician after hours of examinations.

Trump, known for his love of hamburgers and well-done steaks (with a dollop of ketchup on the side) and an aversion to the gym, gained weight from his physical in 2017, pushing his body mass index into the obese category.

At 243 lbs and 6ft 3in tall, he passed the official threshold for being considered obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30.4.

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