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Trump faces presidential fitness test amid raised concerns

AP file photo
Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sits down for lunch in 2016 during a visit to the Boulevard Diner in Dundalk, Md.
AP file photo Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sits down for lunch in 2016 during a visit to the Boulevard Diner in Dundalk, Md.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is getting his first medical checkup since taking office, a head-to-toe exam on Friday as questions swirl about the health and fitness of the oldest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. In advance, the 71-year-old president has pushed back vigorously against suggestions he’s mentally unfit, declaring himself “a very stable genius.”

Trump raised concern last month when he slurred some words on national TV. When asked about it, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said questions about Trump’s health were “frankly, pretty ridiculous” and blamed his slurred speech on a dry throat, “nothing more than that.”

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