Doctor says Trump’s health excellent, has no cognitive issues

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17.01.2018

Washington, Jan 17 (PTI) Donald Trump is in “excellent” health and has passed the cognitive test with flying colours, the White House physician said after the US president underwent his annual medical check-up to quell questions about his mental abilities.

It was Trump’s first physical examination as president amid speculation about his mental fitness for office, spurred by the publication of a damaging book that suggested Trump’s own aides worry about his stability.

Later, Trump, 71, attempted to clarify matters by tweeting he was a “very stable genius”.

“All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy, and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency… the president’s overall health is excellent,” said Navy Rear Adm Dr Ronny Jackson, who shared the results of Trump’s health report.

Jackson held an extraordinary news conference at the White House that lasted for about an hour.

He said the three-hour examination of Trump conducted by military doctors on Friday had gone “exceptionally well”.

Jackson said that Trump asked him to conduct a cognitive test on him, even though it was not required by law.

“A cognitive screening exam using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment was normal, with a score of 30 over 30,” he said.

This exam is conducted in older patients for cognitive disorders like Alzheimer disease.

“There is no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues. And, on a day-to-day basis it has been my experience that the president — is very sharp, he is very articulate when he speaks to me. And, I have never known him to repeat himself around me,” Jackson said.

Asked about a much-discussed episode in which the president seemed to slur his words during a televised speech in December about the Middle East, Jackson said it might had been caused by Sudafed, a medicine for nasal congestion.

In response to speculation that the president has mental health problems, Jackson said, “In my opinion, that s just tabloid psychiatry.”

The doctor also said Trump showed “excellent cardiac results … from a stress test” performed on the president last week.

Jackson said that Trump, who weighs 108 kgs and stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, “would like to lose … 10 to 15 pounds.”

At his weight and height, the president is borderline obese.

“The president has acknowledged he’d be healthier if he lost a few pounds,” Jackson said.

“He continues to enjoy the significant long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol,” he said.

Based on the blood profile and other health parameters, Jackson said he has recommended diet and exercise plan for the president for weight loss.

Trump has agreed to get rid of 4.5-6 kg of body fat in the next one year by combining diet, exercise and medication.

“He has a history of elevated cholesterol, and is currently on a low dose of Crestor. In order to further reduce his cholesterol level and further decreases his cardiac risk, we will increase the dose of this particular medication,” Jackson said.

Apart from this, Trump has no problems in vision, head, ears, nose, and throat.

When a reporter asked him how Trump managed to be in such good health despite eating junk food and taking diet coke, the doctor attributed this to his genes.

“It’s called genetics. Some people have just great genes.

You know, I told the president that if he had healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. He has incredible genes I just assume,” Jackson said.

Trump uses slur to describe immigrants from Haiti, Africa

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12.01.2018

Washington, Jan 12 (AFP) President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out today in a meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called “shithole” countries.

Trump sat down with senators and congressmen at the White House to discuss a proposed bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members into the country and restrict the green card visa lottery in exchange for shielding hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post.

The New York Times later reported the same comment, citing unnamed people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

The president was referring to African countries and Haiti, and then suggested the United States should welcome immigrants from places like Norway, whose prime minister met with Trump on Wednesday.

The comments alarmed and mystified the people attending the meeting.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin came to the White House to outline their bipartisan compromise, but found themselves in the room with several Republican immigration hardliners.

Graham and Durbin are leading efforts to codify protections for so-called “dreamers,” immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children.

In exchange, the deal would end extended family chain migration.

It also reportedly would cut the visa lottery program by half and prioritise certain countries in the system, instead of scrapping it altogether as several Republicans have suggested as part of an agreement.

The president and lawmakers are in the midst of intense negotiations about how to shield nearly 800,000 “dreamers” from deportation.

Last year, Trump scrapped the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected the immigrants, and set a deadline of March 5 for Congress to legislate a fix.

The White House did not deny the account of Trump’s use of language, but instead suggested the president was “fighting for permanent solutions” that strengthen the nation, in part through the use of a merit-based immigration system.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.

US could ‘conceivably’ return to Paris climate accord: Trump

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11.01.2018

Washington, Jan 11 (PTI) President Donald Trump today said the US could “conceivably” return to the landmark Paris climate agreement but did not indicate any move in that direction.

In June, Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change and decided to renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration.

Defending his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Trump said his primary concern with the Paris climate accord was that it treated the US unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, Washington might be persuaded to rejoin.

“The Paris Agreement as drawn and as we signed was very unfair to the United States. It put great penalties on us. It made it very difficult for us to deal in terms of business. It took away a lot of our asset values,” Trump said.

“Frankly, it’s an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made a bad deal,” Trump told a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

“So we could conceivably go back in,” Trump said, stressing his administration’s commitment to environmental issues, “clean water, clean air”, but added “we also want businesses that can compete”.

Trump justified his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord, saying there was a “tremendous” penalty for using the country’s rich in gas and coal and oil and that hurt American businesses.

The Paris agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise in this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The landmark agreement, which entered into force last November, calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change.

The US has appeared to be so far globally isolated on this issue, but Trump strongly defended his decision.

Swaraj concludes ‘productive’ three-nation visit

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09.01.2018

Singapore, Jan 8 (PTI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore to deepen India’s ties with key ASEAN countries has been productive, an official said today.

Swaraj was in Singapore on the last leg of the 5-day tour.

“Bidding farewell to the Lion City #Singapore. EAM @SushmaSwaraj emplanes for Delhi after a productive 5-day visit to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore to deepen our relationship with key ASEAN countries,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Her three-nation visit was the part of New Delhi’s efforts to hold bilateral interactions in various sectors with the countries of South East Asian region within the framework of India’s Act East Policy.

During her visit, Swaraj addressed the Indian diaspora at the ASEAN-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in Singapore and reaffirmed India’s commitment to the ASEAN.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is India’s 4th largest trading partner, accounting for 10.2 per cent of its total trade.

India is the ASEAN’s 7th largest trading partner.

The ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday said his country could provide a good base for Indian companies as a civil aviation, trading and financial hub.

Trump medical exam won’t include mental fitness test: WH

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09.01.2018

Washington, Jan 9 (AFP) Donald Trump’s scheduled medical exam this week won’t include a psychiatric evaluation, the White House said today as questions mount over the US president’s mental fitness.

Responding to queries on the subject, spokesman Hogan Gidley said simply: “No.”

“He’s sharp as a tack,” Gidley told reporters on board Air Force One.

Trump, 71, will be examined at the Walter Reed military hospital in a Washington suburb Friday and the results are set to be made public.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump published a letter by his long term doctor Harold Bornstein that stated he was in “excellent physical health.”

Bornstein had previously written about Trump’s health in glowing terms, stating in 2015 he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

Angered by the publication of a bombshell book that raised doubts over his mental faculties, Trump took to Twitter this weekend to describe himself as “a very stable genius” and “like, really smart.

Trump denounces Wolff’s book as ‘full of lies’

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05.1.2018

Washington, Jan 5 (PTI) US President Donald Trump today dismissed as “full of lies” a new explosive book about his administration that has taken the White House by storm after his lawyers failed to block its release.

Trump tweeted that he gave author Michael Wolff “zero access” to the White House for his book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, which is set to be released today.

“I authorised Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist,” Trump tweeted.

“Look at this guy s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve!” Trump wrote, apparently referring to his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is quoted extensively in the book.

The book which is sending shock waves to the Trump administration is releasing today, two days ahead of the schedule after Trump s lawyers made a move to stop its release.

American journalist and author Wolff tweeted: Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr President.

The book, which is highly critical of Trump and his family, claims that president was “befuddled” by his election win, did not enjoy his inauguration and was scared of the White House.

Wolff says his work is based on more than 200 interviews and that he took up “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing” following the president’s inauguration for a close-up insight into the fledgling administration.

Trump s attorney has sent a cease and desists letter to former White House Chief Strategist Bannon for making liable comments against the president and the first family.

The White House has attacked the book, with press secretary Sarah Sanders calling it “complete fantasy” and full of tabloid gossip.

Sanders during her daily news conference said that the president absolutely believes in the First Amendment.

“But the President also believes in making sure that information is accurate before pushing it out as fact when it certainly and clearly is not, she said.

“There are numerous mistakes, but I’m not going to waste my time or the country’s time going page by page, talking about a book that’s complete fantasy and just full of tabloid gossip, because it’s sad, pathetic, and our administration and our focus is going to be on moving the country forward, Sanders said.

Sanders said there are numerous examples of falsehoods in the book.

“The fact that there was a claim that the president did not know who John Boehner was is pretty ridiculous considering the majority of you have seen photos and, frankly, some of you have even tweeted out that the president not only knows him but has played golf with him, tweeted about him, she told reporters.

“I mean, that’s pretty simple and pretty basic, she asserted.

The White House, however, refused to respond to questions related to Trump s attorney.

She took strong objection to the question that Trump, according to the book, did not want to win.

Trump dissolves voter fraud commission

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04.1.2018

Washington, Jan 4 (PTI) US President Donald Trump has dissolved a controversial commission he had set up to investigate illegal voting in the 2016 election, attributing the move to various states’ refusal to participate in the board.

Trump had established the commission in May after claiming without evidence that massive voter fraud had cost him the popular vote in the presidential election, and he appointed Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to lead the panel.

His rival Hillary Clinton won three million more votes overall than Trump in results that were certified by the Federal Election Commission.

In a statement, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had decided to dissolve the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity “rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense”.

“Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” Sanders said.

“Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action,” Sanders said.

From the start, Trumps voter fraud commission was hobbled by the refusal of most states to share voters information and beset by legal challenges including one filed by a commission member, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

State election officials rejected requests for their voter rolls as invasions of privacy.

Senator Chuck, Senate Minority Leader, said that the commission never had anything to do with election integrity.

Japan’s Abe: N Korea should change course, end nuke programme

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04.1.2018

Tokyo, Jan 4 (AP) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korea should change its policies to help enrich its people.

Abe told reporters today that Japan would do its utmost, working with the US and South Korea, to pressure Pyongyang to shift its course and end its missile tests and nuclear program.

Abe said Tokyo is cautiously watching to see the impact of sanctions against North Korea, especially at this coldest time of the year when conditions are harshest.

He said North Korea’s diligent people and abundant resources could make the country richer if its leaders adopt the right policies.

Abe did not directly mention recent overtures by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un toward South Korea, including a reopening of a communications link between the rival countries.

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US will have a fantastic year ahead: Trump

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01.01.2018

Washington, Jan 1 (PTI) US President Donald Trump has said the US will have a “fantastic year” ahead as he touted the economic success during his first year in office.

The remarks came as the president walked into the New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach, with first lady Melania Trump.

The president said the country is already “off to a very good start” while highlighting some of provisions included in the Republican tax cut plan, his administration’s first major legislative victory.

He touted opening Alaska’s remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and natural gas drilling and repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate, which requires individuals to buy health insurance or face a fine, The Hill reported.

“We are off to a very good start, as you know, with the great tax cuts and ANWR and getting rid of the individual mandate, which is very, very unpopular, as you know,” he said.

“We’re going to have a great year. We’re going to have a fantastic 2018,” Trump said.

“But we are going to have a tremendous year. Stock market, I think, is going to continue to go up. Companies are going to continue to come into the country. And they’re doing it now, soon to be a record clip,” he continued.

The president did not say much when asked about the latest wave of threats by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, who touted in a New Year speech that he possesses nuclear weapons that are capable of striking mainland US.

“We’ll see, we’ll see,” he said.

High profile guests at the president’s party included his children as well as other top government officials.

Trump and and Barron were both in tuxedos. First Lady Melania had a full length rose gold glittery gown with floral accents.

Thousands rally in Pakistan against Trump’s Jerusalem move

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17.12.2017

Karachi, Dec 17 (AP) Thousands of Islamists have rallied in two major cities in Pakistan to condemn US President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital.

Supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Karachi and advocates of US-wanted Islamist Hafiz Saeed in Lahore dispersed peacefully after rallying Sunday for the Palestinian cause.

Protests have persisted in Pakistan since Trump’s announcement angered Muslims across the world.

The chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Sirajul Haq, called on all Muslim nations to suspend diplomatic ties with the US until it reconsiders its Jerusalem decision.

Hafiz Saeed said that Muslims the world over should put aside any differences and unite around the cause of “liberating” Jerusalem.

Muslim-majority Pakistan has reiterated its support for the Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their hoped-for state.