WASHINGTON — A brand new ebook is reviving questions on President Donald Trump’s unscheduled go to to Walter Reed army hospital final fall with the revelation that “phrase went out” for Vice President Mike Pence to face by to briefly assume presidential powers if Trump needed to obtain anesthesia for a medical process.
Pence mentioned in an interview Tuesday night that he doesn’t recall being informed to be on “standby.”
The White Home has mentioned the president’s November 2019 go to, which raised questions on the time about Trump’s well being, was a part of his routine annual bodily, and that the president needed to get a head begin on what usually is an hours-long, head-to-toe examination as a result of he’d be busy this yr with campaigning. Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that the explanation for the go to “was to finish my yearly bodily.”
A president’s routine medical checkup usually is introduced forward of time.
The White Home supplied no different particulars on the time. His White Home physician mentioned in an announcement Tuesday the president “stays wholesome” and “match to execute the duties of the presidency.”
Pence mentioned he’s at all times knowledgeable concerning the president’s actions, however there was “nothing out of the extraordinary about that motion, or that day.” He referred different inquiries to the White Home physician.
“I don’t recall being informed to be on standby,” Pence mentioned on Fox Information Channel’s “Particular Report with Bret Baier.” “I used to be knowledgeable that the president had a physician’s appointment.
“I gotta inform you, a part of this job (as vice chairman) is you’re at all times on standby,” Pence mentioned. “However the American folks could be assured that this president is in outstanding good well being and each single day I see that power.”
Trump visited Walter Reed Nationwide Army Medical Heart in Bethesda, Md., about two months after the Democratic-controlled Home impeached him over his conduct towards Ukraine.
“In reporting for this ebook, I discovered that within the hours main as much as Trump’s journey to the hospital, phrase went out within the West Wing for the vice chairman to be on standby to take over the powers of the presidency briefly if Trump needed to bear a process that may have required him to be anesthetized,” Michael Schmidt writes in “Donald Trump v. the USA: Contained in the Battle To Cease A President.”
“Pence by no means assumed the powers of the presidency, and the explanation for Trump’s journey to the physician stays a thriller,” Schmidt says within the ebook. Schmidt is a New York Occasions and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.
Trump responded Tuesday on Twitter to Schmidt’s reporting and different hypothesis about his well being, and later had his White Home physician attest to well being.
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“It by no means ends! Now they’re attempting to say that your favourite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Heart, having suffered a sequence of mini-strokes. By no means occurred to THIS candidate – FAKE NEWS,” Trump tweeted.
Trump gave the impression to be responding to Clinton White Home veteran Joe Lockhart, who tweeted Monday about Trump, asking: “Did @realDonaldTrump have a stroke which he’s hiding from the American public?”
Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s White Home physician, adopted up with an announcement by which he mentioned Trump has not skilled or been evaluated for a stroke, a mini-stroke or any acute cardiovascular emergency.
“The president stays wholesome and I’ve no issues about his capability to keep up the rigorous schedule forward of him,” mentioned Conley, who flew with Trump to Wisconsin on Tuesday. “As said in my final report, I anticipate him to stay match to execute the duties of the presidency.”