With the question of the President’s mental fitness hanging like a sword of Damocles over his tenure, a White House spokesperson announced today that Trump’s upcoming annual physical will not include a mental exam, despite his erratic behavior and ludicrously defensive tweets proclaiming himself a “very stable genius” who is ‘like, really smart.”
While many wags may reason that the medical industry has yet to invent an x-ray or MRI machine powerful enough to detect signs of intelligent life in the vast wasteland of Trump’s psyche, Trump spokesman Hogan Gidley responded to the question from reporters on Air Force One during the President’s trip to Nashville for an agricultural convention without detailing what the exam would actually cover.
Whatever the physical consists of, the Oval Office has said that Navy physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson will issue a report on the results of the routine exam at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to the public.
As the oldest person elected president, questions persist about Trump’s physical health and stamina, as well as his mental acumen and stability, with his use of repetitive phrases and raging temper tantrums interpreted by some as signs of early-stage dementia or incipient Alzheimers.
Recent reports that Trump has curtailed his work schedule and spends an increasing amount of “Executive Time” each day watching TV, tweeting, and making phone calls rather than reading policy briefings has exacerbated the speculation over the President’s mental decline and has led to calls for a professional psychiatric evaluation to be conducted.
The White House announcement today squelches any hopes the public may have had that a psychiatrist could find grounds any time soon for invoking the 25th amendment which determines the rules for succession should a president become incapacitated and unable to perform their duties. At this point, it seems like involuntary commitment will be the only way Trump gets the mental health care he so obviously desperately needs.