Donald Trump arrives for first health check-up since becoming US president

Donald Trump has arrived for his first health check-up as president after speculation began mounting over his mental fitness for office.

The US President was seen arriving at Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, just outside of Washington DC, on Friday afternoon US time for the annual medical examination.

The health check-up, which is routine for US presidents, has been the subject of much anticipation in recent weeks after an explosive new book by journalist Michael Wolff claimed aides of the president were worried his “mental powers were slipping”.

Mr Trump hit back at the allegations via trusty mouthpiece Twitter, claiming he is a “very stable genius”, adding his two greatest assets are “mental stability and being, like, really smart”.

Concerns were also raised about President Trump’s health in December when he appeared to slur his words during a speech, which the White House put down to a dry mouth.

Vehicle traffic is kept off the Capital Beltway as Mr Trump’s motorcade heads to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre. (Getty Images)

The examination was expected to last several hours and will measure things like Trump’s blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart rate and weight.

Vehicles from Mr Trump’s motorcade park up at the hospital. (Getty Images)

The White House said Trump’s physician, Dr Ronny L. Jackson, was expected to release a brief statement on Friday after the exam and then provide a detailed readout of the exam on Tuesday and answer questions from reporters.

But any conclusions about the sharpness of Mr Trump’s mind are not expected.

The White House said Mr Trump, whose father suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, will not undergo a psychiatric exam but did not address a different type of screening, assessments of cognitive status that examine neurologic functions including memory.

While the exams are not mandatory, modern presidents typically undergo them regularly and release a doctor’s report declaring they are “fit for duty.”

Two months before the November 2016 election, Mr Trump released a five-paragraph letter from his long-time physician, Dr Harold Bornstein, who concluded that Trump “is in excellent physical health”.

A year earlier, Bornstein said in a December 2015 letter: “If elected, Mr Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” 

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