On December 4th, the White House released a five-page medical report regarding President Donald Trump’s physical exam conducted on November 11th, 2020. The report concluded that the president was in good health overall, with measurements in the normal range. It also reported an increase in body weight, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure levels that were progressing but “under control.”
The release of the report came as Democratic challenger Joe Biden faces scrutiny over his age and health. Biden is 77 and would be the oldest person ever to assume the presidency if elected, meaning his fitness would be important for the job. Biden has released a general medical report that showed he was in good health, but further details have not yet been made public.
The release of Trump’s medical report is likely meant to deflect attention from the questions surrounding Biden’s health and to reassure the American public that Trump is in good enough health to continue in office.