President Trump had an unscheduled and unexpected appointment with a cardiologist, leading some to question if the President had a heart attack.
A contributor for the Hill who writes on veterans issues and used to work for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is claiming that President Donald Trump visited Walter Reed National Medical Center due to chest discomfort. That’s a different story from the White House statement on Trump’s November 16, 2019 visit, which said Trump was undergoing “portions” of a routine annual exam.
However, others, such as CNN, have questioned the president’s hospital visit, saying that it deviated from established norms in multiple ways.
Around midnight on the east coast, Trump himself tweeted, “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. Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.”
In 2018, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported for CNN that President Trump “has a common form of heart disease” that was common among men his age and easy to address with the right lifestyle and medication changes. If he didn’t make those changes, Gupta warned in that article, Trump had “a moderate risk of having a heart attack in the next three to five years.”
After news broke of the November 16, 2019 visit, Gupta said on CNN that some routine tests can be conducted at the White House but “specific tests would require a visit to Walter Reed.” He said that it wasn’t clear whether Walter Reed’s medical team knew about Trump’s visit in advance because normally they would “spend a lot of time” getting ready for such a thing, according to Gupta.
According to USA Today, Trump was declared healthy after undergoing his last physical exam in February 2019.
“I am happy to announce the president of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency, and beyond,” Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, wrote then. A physical in 2018 found that Trump was on the verge of obesity, though, USA Today reported. In the 2019 exam, Trump was deemed to have crossed the obesity threshold; that was a “checkup supervised by his physician and involving a panel of 11 specialists,” The New York Post reported.
His doctor used superlatives in describing Trump’s health during a previous physical as president. Dr. Ronny Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, said Trump was in “excellent health,” something he attributed to “incredibly good genes, and it’s just the way God made him,” The Post reported. Jackson later found himself in controversies of his own.
Trump was the oldest president ever inaugurated. (source)
It would be very interesting if he did have one. Regardless, heart attack or not, hopefully whatever the issue was, it has been cleared up or will be soon.
Trump is “healthy” by comparison for his age, but he is still old and is in a job with a lot of stress. People get stressed out and die all of the time from it. Hillary Clinton and her health issues were related to what brought down her 2016 campaign, because she was showing clear signs of failing health.
This leads to a few questions.
Will Trump be healthy enough, should he be re-elected (which the likelihood is very high still at the current time), to serve out his full term?
Is there a possibility that Trump might die from health-related issues during a possible second term, should he be elected to office again?
Will this affect his current re-election campaign for 2020?
The answer is yet to be seen. However, the importance of these things should not be taken for granted.
In addition, if in the unfortunate scenario he was to die, how would Pence be able to care for the affairs of the country, and what would become of the current state of the economy, national relations, and the military, given the clear decline in the US economy that is pointing towards a recession, the rise of naionalism in Europe and other parts of the world, and the quiet remilitarizaiton of many nations as the prospects for war increase?
There are no answers that one can give right now. However, for the sake of what is morally right (for as much as Trump’s “Christianity” is highly questionable, one must never cease to seek the temporal and spiritual good of all people) and the stability of society, if something should happen to Trump, hopefully it will happen at a time when he is not in office, either by the beginning of 2021 or the beginning of 2025, whichever the result of the election is.
Likewise, let us also hope for his health and a stable government over the next several years so that more people of good will would have the time to spritually and economically prepare themselves for the coming recession, which will place many people out of work and for those who are not prepared, will find themselves in a terrible position because what is to come will likely be worse than 2008, as the recession from over a decade ago never ended.