President of the United States, Donald Trump will attempt to end speculation about his mental and physical suitability for the presidency later in the week by undergoing a formal health check.
The US president is to be examined by the same doctor as his predecessor Barack Obama and a summary of the results will be made public.
The physical test will last around two hours and include blood and urine tests, heart checks and even questions about his sleeping habits and sex life, according to medical experts.
It will be carried out at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the edge of Washington DC, the country’s largest military hospital, on Friday.
By undergoing his first formal medical check since entering the White House, Mr Trump hopes to put to bed allegations about his mental state that emerged last week.
A controversial new book by journalist Michael Wolff claimed Mr Trump was failing to recognise old friends and often repeated stories “word-for-word.”
The White House called questions about his mental suitability for office“disgraceful.”
However, those hoping for a tell-all medical reveal may end up disappointed, according to Arthur Caplan, founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine.
“The president has the same right as any citizen in the United States to keep his medical information private,” he said. “There’s never been legislation requiring that he does otherwise.”
The examination is merely a custom that has become the norm for presidents in recent years, rather than a constitutional or congressional requirement.
Source: ( AFP )