‘Morning Joe’ Suggests White House Doctor Not Telling Truth About Trump’s Health

'That's a shock to me'

• January 17, 2018 7:57 am


The panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" did a brief dive into President Donald Trump's health on Tuesday, and host Joe Scarborough suggested the White House doctor's conclusions about Trump's physical and mental fitness did not pass the smell test.

The White House physician, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, addressed the press corps at length on Tuesday about Trump's health.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski read out the results of Jackson's conclusions, saying ruefully he got a "perfect score" on the cognitive test requested by the president himself. Jackson also said Trump was in "excellent" health with high energy and stamina, adding he could lose weight and needed to eat better.

"I'm not sure if it makes me feel better that this doctor says he has no cognitive issues. It makes me feel worse and more worried for the country," Brzezinski said, adding Trump bullies people and lies.

She appeared to be suggesting it was alarming that it was not due to Trump having any mental deficiency but rather, "this is who he is."

Brzezinski also brought up the online "Girther" joke casting doubt on whether Trump was 6-feet-3-inches tall and weighs 239 pounds, as Jackson had said.

"Some of the numbers are hard to believe, but I will say Dr. Jackson has a great reputation," co-host Willie Geist said.

Jackson was tapped by President Barack Obama to be the Physician to the President in 2013.

"Some of those numbers did stop us in our tracks, but I take the doctor at his word," Geist said.

"Me too," Brzezinski said.

Scarborough noted former Obama White House adviser David Axelrod and others had praised Jackson as a straight shooter. He said he would not question the doctor's credibility before doing just that.

"We won't question the doctor," Scarborough said. "I will say on his mental sharpness, if that is in fact the case, and medically, perhaps, that is, he has shocked and surprised a lot of people who have worked around him for the past several years who have been saying that he is not."

Scarborough added he knew someone who was close to Trump's given height and weight.

"All I can tell you is this. If that's what 239 pounds looks like, I would weigh 170 pounds, so yes, I have great respect for people who great respect for this doctor, but if that's what 6-3, 239 pounds looks like, that's a shock to me," he said.

Brzezinski said, "taking the doctor at his word," his conclusions were "truly frightening."

Scarborough, who has frequently suggested Trump could have early on-set dementia, did not discuss Jackson saying there were no signs of the ailment in his assessment of Trump.