President Trump isn’t sweating his doctor’s orders to exercise daily, claiming he runs around enough at the White House complex to make up for it.
“I get exercise. I mean I walk, I this, I that,” Trump, 71, told Reuters during an Oval Office interview published on Wednesday. “I run over to a building next door. I get more exercise than people think.”
Trump, who was proclaimed “fit for duty” and of “excellent” health by Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, said he also hits the links for exercise even though he admits he often rides in a golf cart.
Walking would take too long, he said, “I don’t want to spend the time.”
Jackson said he encouraged the fast-food loving president – who he said is 6-feet-3 and weighs 239 pounds -to drop 10 to 15 pounds by cutting calories and fats from his diet and embark on a daily exercise regimen.
But the president, who told the authors of the book “Trump Revealed” that he believes the body is like a battery with a finite amount of energy that exercise only depletes, doesn’t sound like he’s ready to hit the gym anytime soon.
“A lot of people go to the gym and they’ll work out for two hours and all. I’ve seen people … then they get their new knees when they’re 55 years old and they get their new hips and they do all those things. I don’t have those problems,” Trump said.
But Trump, whose height and weight puts him at borderline obese, said he would be willing to reduce portions of his White House meals.
“Most of us could lose a couple of pounds,” he said, before eyeing the reporters in the room and pronouncing them in “pretty good shape.”
Dogged by questions about his mental stability after a tell-all book – “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” – claims he’s “an idiot surrounded by clowns,” Trump boasted about passing a cognitive examination and then took at shot at his Oval Office predecessors for not handling the crisis with North Korea.
“I guess they all realized they’re going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests. What can I tell you?” he said.
Trump also said he impressed the medical staff during his physical examination.
“I was on a treadmill for the first time actually in quite a while, and it was at a very steep angle, and I was there for a very long time,” he said. “They were surprised. And they said, ‘Well you can stop now, that’s amazing.’ And I said, ‘I can go much longer than this if you want me to.’”