Trump angrily DENIES he ‘suffered a series of mini-strokes’ after book revealed Mike Pence was told to be ready to assume the presidency when president unexpectedly went to Walter Reed hospital last year
- Trump lashed out at critics and the media over claims he suffered a series of ‘mini-strokes’
- He attacked ‘FAKE NEWS’ and made insinuations about rival Joe Biden
- On Monday, former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart floated the theory that the president was covering up a stroke
- Trump slurred his speech repeatedly during December 2017 speech on Israel
- White House had Pence on stand by in November last year when Trump made an unplanned visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
- Pence was ‘on standby’ in case Trump ‘had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized’
- Details are in Michael Schmidt’s upcoming book ‘Donald Trump v. the United States,’ out on Tuesday
- Job of vice president to take over if president is incapacitated
- Obviously Pence did not have to do so
- At time of Trump’s November 2019 hospital visit, White House said it was part of his annual physical and involved some lab tests
President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at critics who have combed over his surprise to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last year as he forcefully denied having suffered a series of ‘mini-strokes.’
Trump went after the ‘FAKE NEWS’ on Twitter after explosive revelations in a new book that Vice President Mike Pence was on standby during the unscheduled November 2019 trip, which the White House said at the time Trump took because he had a ‘free weekend.’
‘It never ends! Now they are trying to say that your favorite President, me, went to Walter Reed Medical Center, having suffered a series of mini-strokes. Never happened to THIS candidate – FAKE NEWS. Perhaps they are referring to another candidate from another Party!’ Trump wrote – making the suggested that rival Joe Biden had suffered a stroke without offering evidence.
On Monday, former Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart floated the theory that the president was covering up a stroke.
President Donald Trump lashed out at claims he went to Walter Reed medical center last year for ‘having suffered a series of mini-strokes.’ He added in an attack and insinuation on his rival: ‘Never happened to THIS candidate’
‘Did @realDonaldTrump have a stroke which he is hiding from the American public?’ Lockhart tweeted.
On August 1, crime author Don Winslow tweeted out a video clip of Trump repeatedly slurring his words during a December 2017 speech on Israel.
Winslow claimed to have heard from ‘whistleblowers’ inside the Trump administration about the president’s health.
‘I’ve received three communications saying that during his term Trump has suffered a ‘series’ of ‘mini-strokes,’ Winslow wrote.
Trump continues to attack Joe Biden’s mental capacity even as he denied suffering a series of ‘mini-strokes’
‘Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities,’ Trump says in the clip, flubbing a prepared line. He even slurred his closing line when he said ‘God Bless the United States.’
The White House had Vice President Mike Pence on stand by in November last year when President Donald Trump made an unplanned visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a new book claims.
Former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart tweeted the unproven theory that Trump had suffered a stroke
Author Don Winslow tweeted Trump slurring his words and claimed to have whistleblower sources tell him Trump suffered ‘mini-strokes’
WHAT ARE WARNING SIGNS OF A MINI STROKE?
A transient ischemic attack (or, TIA) involves a temporary lack of blood flow to the brain, which causes momentary dizziness, confusion, tingling, and numbness in the arms.
You should call 911 if you suspect you are suffering a TIA.
- vision changes
- dysphasia (trouble speaking)
- balance issues
- an altered level of consciousness
- passing out
- an abnormal sense of taste
- an abnormal sense of smell
- weakness or numbness on just one side of the body or face, determined by the location of the blood clot in the brain
In November 2019, the president made an unannounced trip to the hospital for ‘quick exam and labs’ as part of his annual physical exam out of anticipation of a ‘very busy 2020,’ the White House said at the time.
But the surprise nature of the trip lead to questions about the president’s medical condition.
And in Michael Schmidt’s ‘Donald Trump v. the United States,’ out on Tuesday, the author writes Pence was on standby if the president had to undergo a procedure that would have required anesthesia.
It is the job of the vice president to assume executive powers should the president be incapacitated in some way, according to the 25th amendment to the Constitution.
Schmidt writes, according to a New York Times review of his book: The White House wanted Mike Pence ‘on standby to take over the powers of the presidency temporarily if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized.’
Pence obviously never had to step in.
The last time a vice president took such a step was Dick Cheney in July 2007 when George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy and was under sedation.
In a statement at the time of Trump’s hospital visit, then-White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that Trump had undergone a ‘quick exam and labs’ and that he ‘remains healthy and energetic without complaints.’
She also said that the president had taken advantage of a ‘free weekend’ in Washington to ‘begin portions of his routine annual physical exam.’
But Trump’s trip raised so many questions about the then 73-year-old’s health that the White House released a memo a few days later denying ‘speculation’ that he had been treated for a medical emergency.
Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s personal physician, wrote that Trump’s ‘interim checkup’ had been ‘routine,’ and was only kept secret because of ‘scheduling uncertainties.’
Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
‘Despite some speculation, the President has not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues,’ Conley wrote in the memo. ‘Specifically, he did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations.’
The full results of the president’s physical were released in June and he was reported to be ‘healthy.’
Schmidt’s book, meanwhile, ‘tells the dramatic, high-stakes story of those who felt compelled to confront and try to contain the most powerful man in the world as he shredded norms and sought to expand his power,’ according to its Amazon.com description.
It is the latest in a spat of books to come about the Trump administration, including Bob Woodward’s upcoming book ‘Rage’ and Michael Cohen’s upcoming ‘Disloyalty.’
There are also recently published books from Mary Trump, about her uncle’s upbringing, and former National Security Adviser John Bolton about his White House tenure. Even the first lady has not been immune. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s memoir about her work with Melania Trump, the two were long time friends, comes out Tuesday.
The book also documents the tenure of former White House general counsel Don McGahn, who shepherded Trump’s two Supreme Court nominees successfully through the Senate before departing the administration.
Michael Schmidt’s ‘Donald Trump v. the United States,’ is out on Tuesday
McGahn then got caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and featured prominently in that report, which found the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia in the 2016 election but left it an open question as to whether or not the president attempted to obstruct the probe.
The book claims McGahn left the White House after Trump granted clemency to Alice Johnson: ‘It was only after Trump granted a woman clemency at Kim Kardashian’s request that McGahn knew he truly had to leave the White House. He could no longer abide the accumulation of Trump’s actions.’
Other random details in the book include that Senate Republican Mitch McConnell once fell asleep during a classified briefing on Russia.
And, on Feb. 23, 2018, McGahn sent a two-page memo to then-Chief of Staff John Kelly arguing that Jared Kushner’s security clearance needed to be downgraded, the book reports according to Axios.
The last time a vice president took over for a president was Dick Cheney in July 2007 when George W. Bush underwent a colonoscopy and was under sedation
Schmidt’s book documents the tenure of former White House general counsel Don McGahn
Book reports McGahn left the White House after President Trump gave clemency to Alice Johnson (standing to the right of Trump) at the behest of Kim Kardashian
President Trump gave Alice Johnson a full pardon last week
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