Donald Trump's doctor has announced that the USA president received a ideal 30 out of 30 score on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a tool that screens patients for mental conditions including Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment. It is a well-known and well-tested assessment that doctors can quickly use to detect "mild cognitive dysfunction", according to the test instructions. It has proved so effective over the past two decades that it has been translated into dozens of languages and is used by physicians in well over 100 countries.
White House physician Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday that he had screened Trump for neurological impairments at the President's asking during a yearly medical exam last week, and that Trump had scored 30 out of 30 on the cognitive test.
Jackson said the president's overall health "was excellent", helped in part because Trump does not drink or smoke.
"I'm an immigrant", said Nasreddine. "I'm really thrilled and happy they made a decision to use it over other tests".
When it comes to the Trump physical and his score on the MoCa test, though, it would seem most neurologists would caution putting too much weight on it alone.More news: President Trump signs bill ending government shutdown
He would like the president to lose 10 to 15lb over the next year.
Nasreddine told The Huffington Post, "The test is a screening measure".
"I would say right now on a day-to-day basis, he doesn't have a dedicated, defined exercise program", said Jackson.
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But he's uniquely proud of one thing, and he hopes the president draws lessons from it: This shows how immigrants, and Arabs, can make valuable contributions to American society. Jackson accused doctors who have tried to diagnose Trump from afar of performing "tabloid psychiatry".
The focus then shifted to what Sanders labeled "the most important news of the week" - the results from Trump's physical exam, with Sanders calling on Jackson to take the podium and provide more details.
This is believed to be a version of the test Donald Trump took.
Next, the exam looks at a person's ability to pay attention. Some of the assessments include identifying animals by pictures, drawing a clock with the hands at a certain time and repeating phrases such as "the cat always hid under the couch when the dogs were in the room".
Jackson says Trump's 30 out of 30 score means there's no indication that Trump has any cognitive issues.More news: Senate breaks budget impasse, paving way for government to reopen
It was a hastily-organised (White House employees were scrambling to bring chairs into the East Room as we entered), but highly-entertaining, 78-minute showdown between himself and, as he so often says, "the fake news media".