Trump's visit to Walter Reed was 'abnormal' and didn't follow protocol

Donald Trump’s unannounced visit to Walter Reed medical center was ‘abnormal’ and did not follow protocol for a presidential medical exam, say sources

  • Staff at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, were not notified the president was coming for a medical exam Saturday
  • Such a notification ahead of a president’s visit is customary since it requires certain closures at the hospital, says a source
  • It’s possible small group of doctors who performed the exams knew ahead of time, says the source, however, typically all staff would know he was coming 
  • A separate source said that Trump’s visit was ‘abnormal,’ but that the president appeared in good health late Friday
  • Trump, 73, in the middle of the night shot down rumors that he could be experiencing health issues
  • He touted that he met with a family whose son was in surgery at the medical center and his physical was an afterthought

US President Donald Trump’s unannounced and unscheduled visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday was ‘abnormal’ and did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, sources say.

Staff at the Bethesda, Maryland, medical center which treats military personnel, as well as presidents and their families, were not notified about Trump’s visit ahead of his arrival, says a person familiar with knowledge of the matter.

Walter Reed staff are accustomed to receiving word of a ‘VIP’ coming to the medical center ahead of a presidential visit, necessary because of certain closures required at the hospital. 

US President Donald Trump’s unannounced and unscheduled visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday was ‘abnormal’ and did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, source say.

Trump is pictured leaving the White House and getting into an SUV bound for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Saturday. Staff at the hospital were not alerted ahead of time of the presidential visit, a source says

Staff at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, are accustomed to receiving word of a ‘VIP’ coming to the medical center ahead of a presidential visit, necessary because of certain closures required at the hospital

It is possible a small group of doctors involved in the president’s medical exams knew ahead of time, says the source, reports CNN. 

However, all hospital staff typically knows when a president is coming, the source adds. Trump’s two previous visits were announced before the president went to Walter Reed, and appeared on his daily public scheduled, CNN reports.

But this time, the announced trip had not even been annotated on Trump’s internal scheduled as of Saturday morning, the source says. 

A separate source said that Trump’s visit was ‘abnormal,’ but that the president appeared in good health late Friday. 

Trump, 73, in the middle of the night shot down rumors that he could be experiencing health issues, and touted that he met with a family whose son was in surgery at the medical center.

He adds that he underwent ‘phase one,’ of his annual physical, almost making it seem like it was an afterthought in the social media post.

‘Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center. Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world,’ Trump posted to Twitter late Saturday night. ‘Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year’.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president decided to make the unscheduled visit to complete some routine checkups as part of his annual physical exam because he had a ‘down day’ on Saturday.

‘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’, Grisham added.

Trump, 73, in the middle of the night shot down rumors that he could be experiencing health issues, and touted that he met with a family whose son was in surgery at the medical center. He adds that he underwent ‘phase one’ of his annual physical, almost like it was an afterthought

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham  quashed any rumors over the president’s health and said he underwent a ‘quick exam and labs’

‘Anticipating a very busy 2020, the President is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, DC, to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed’, Grisham had said in a statement.

The president was seen departing the White House residence shortly after 2 p.m. wearing a long dark overcoat and carrying what looked like a tan rectangle-shaped folder or envelope under his arm.

He entered a black SUV outside the White House and the motorcade departed for Walter Reed. Upon arrival at the center, members of the Secret Service’s heavily armed counter-assault team were seen taking up positions at the hospital.

Reporters in the White House pool were forbidden to report on Trump’s departure until after he arrived at the military hospital, where presidents and their families traditionally receive medical care and annual checkups.

Rumors swirled that the president’s impromptu visit to the medical center could mean he was experiencing health issues.

‘The rumors are always flying’, Grisham told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro in an appearance on the network Saturday where she discussed the medical checkup.

Andrew Vernon, who claims he ‘President and CEO. Opinion Contributor ‘thehill’, wrote in a post Saturday night, ‘#BreakingNews Sources tell me from Walter Reed the President was being checked out for chest discomfort. No other information is available at this time’. 

Andrew Vernon, who claims he ‘President and CEO. Opinion Contributor ‘thehill’, wrote in a post Saturday night, ‘#BreakingNews Sources tell me from Walter Reed the President was being checked out for chest discomfort. No other information is available at this time’

Other social media posts hinted at a conspiracy theory that Trump would become suddenly ill if he had to surrender his tax returns to Congress

Other social media posts hinted at a conspiracy theory that Trump would become suddenly ill if he had to surrender his tax returns to Congress.

An appellate court this week ruled the president had to give up eight years of returns to congressional lawmakers looking into his businesses and wealth. Trump’s attorneys in response have gone to the US Supreme Court to block the release, arguing that Congress was over-stepping its investigative powers.

Grisham, however, quashed any rumors and said Trump underwent a ‘quick exam and labs’. 

The president tweeted on Sunday that he doesn’t plan to finish his physical until next year. He did undergo a physical in February and was found to be in ‘very good health overall’. 

He is weight was 243 pounds, up four pounds from his visit in the previous year. Trump’s blood pressure was 118/80 and his dosage for the cholesterol medication rosuvastatin was increased. 

Trump, during his 2018 exam, was found to have a common form of heart disease and high cholesterol.

White House physician Ronny Jackson, at the time, urged the president to diet and exercise. He had a goal of losing 12 pounds, but sources told CNN at the time that Trump had only made minor changes to his lifestyle since his 2018. 

Trump also has undergone a coronary calcium CT scan, as part of his routine exam, and scored 133. Anything above 100 indicates plaque and that a patient is suffering from heart disease.

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