One of President Trump’s more curious rally riffs that he used tonight in Louisiana is his regular complaint about how he is supposedly excluded from “the elite” class.
Rather than arguing that it’s better to be a non-elite than an elite, as another conservative populist might, Trump argues that he is indeed elite by all the traditional measures.
“I went to better schools than they did, I have nicer houses than they do, I have nicer apartments, I have nicer everything. And they’re ‘elite,’ but we’re not elite,” Trump said tonight.
He went on to tell his supporters that they too are elite, in part because of how much money they are making.
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s physician released a memorandum Monday night stating the President’s recent visit to Walter Reed National Military Center was a “routine, planned interim checkup.”
The news comes days after Trump’s trip to the hospital outside Washington drove speculation about the President’s health because it did not follow routine protocol for a presidential medical exam.
“This past Saturday afternoon the President traveled up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a routine, planned interim checkup as part of the regular, primary preventative care he receives throughout the year,” Physician to the President Dr. Sean Conley said. “Due to scheduling uncertainties, the trip was kept off the record.”
Conley states that “despite some of the speculation, the President has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues.”
“Specifically, he did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations,” he said.
The memorandum comes after medical staff at Walter Reed did not get a staff-wide notice about a presidential visit to the medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, ahead of Trump’s arrival, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Typically, Walter Reed’s medical staff would get a general notice about a “VIP” visit ahead of a presidential visit, notifying them of certain closures at the facility. That did not happen this time, indicating the visit was non-routine and scheduled last minute.
The source said it was possible that a small group of doctors involved in Trump’s medical exams were notified before Trump arrived at Walter Reed, but that all medical staff at Walter Reed would typically be aware if the President were arriving for a routine medical exam.
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