‘He didn’t go up there for half his physical…’
(Associated Press) A lack of notice. Past failures to level with the American people. A tough week for the White House as public impeachment hearings got underway.
Add it all up, and President Donald Trump’s unscheduled weekend visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center raised suspicions about his health, despite White House officials’ insistence that he was merely getting a head start on his annual physical.
For any president, a sudden trip to the hospital would raise questions. But such scrutiny was magnified with Trump.
A former press secretary under President Bill Clinton, Joe Lockhart, tweeted that “the one thing you can be absolutely sure of is this was not routine.”
9. job of keeping us all informed. The one thing you can be absolutely sure of is this was not routine and he didn’t go up there for half his physical. What does it mean? It means that we just won’t know what the medical issue was. With that I’ll take your questions.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) November 18, 2019
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham says everything the White House said about the Walter Reed visit is “true and accurate.”