White House: Trump's throat 'was dry'

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

Dry throat caused President Donald Trump to slur his words during Wednesday's speech announcing he will move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted at Thursday's press briefing.

"The president's throat was dry - nothing more than that", Sanders said at Thursday's press briefing, calling the questions "ridiculous".

"He does have a physical scheduled for the first part of next year, the full physical that most presidents go through", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday afternoon.

"Those records will be released following that taking place", she added.

Trump has frequently touted his oral health in the past.

Past presidents have typically undergone annual physical examinations with a military doctor and released those records to the public. Hillary Clinton won almost 3 million more votes than Trump, so by the White House Press Secretary's standards, the American people actually do want to hold Trump accountable.

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Trump, who at 71 is known to be fond of fast food and to shun exercise, has faced questions about his health before.

The letter, written by his personal physician Dr. Harold Bernstein, said Trump "is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure - uninterrupted - the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of president of the United States".

Trump, now 70, was the oldest president ever elected when he took the oath of office in January.

In a September 2016 television appearance on "Dr. Oz", Trump said he does not work out but considers his speeches to be exercise.

- This story was updated at 3:02 p.m.

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