White House Says Trump’s Physical WON’T INCLUDE a Psychiatric Evaluation—WHAT ARE THEY HIDING?

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters on Air Force One that Trump will not undergo a psychiatric evaluation when he has his routine physical exam this week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, DC.

Gidley would not expand on what the exam will involve. The White House says the physician, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, will issue a public report on the results.

According to the Washington Post, the White House is struggling to contain the national discussion about Trump’s mental acuity and fitness for the job.

Trump publicly waded into the debate spawned by Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury, by absurdly claiming on Twitter that he is “like, really smart” and “a very stable genius.” Trump privately resents the now-regular chatter on cable television news shows about his mental health and views the issue as “an invented fact” and “a joke,” much like the Russia probe, according to one person who recently discussed it with him.

Concerns about Trump’s mental health have been whispered about in Washington since before he was elected. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said last August that Trump lacked “the stability” and “some of the competence” to be successful as president.

This makes it all the more disturbing that a mental health evaluation will not be part of this standard physical exam. Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a CNN contributor, said:

I think it’s totally legitimate to ask about that and to have that as part of the examination. I generally think that once someone’s president—or once someone’s even running for office—this should be fair game.

This isn’t about scandal, and it’s not some kind of exposé. It’s understanding whether someone is fit to hold the office and whether there is any problem that the president himself—or his advisers, or the country—should be aware of.

Citing people close to the president, Wolff has said the president has begun repeating three stories in conversations in less than 10 minutes, when he used to repeat stories in about a 30-minute window.

Wolff told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that “100% of the people around the president believes he’s incapable of carrying out the duties of office.”

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