Dick Cheney's cardiologist Jonathan Reiner expresses concern over Trump's health again; says his Walter Reed check-up was not normal

Reiner, who transplanted Cheney's heart in 2012 and wrote a book with him later, said a routine test could have been carried out at White House itself.

                            Dick Cheney's cardiologist Jonathan Reiner expresses concern over Trump's health again; says his Walter Reed check-up was not normal
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Last weekend, President Donald Trump’s motorcade suddenly headed for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in DC and it was said that the president had a general physical test at the center as part of his annual medical routine ahead of a busy 2020 schedule. The visit was not at par with the protocol and one theory even said that the 73-year-old Trump had reported of a chest discomfort before the visit.

The White House tried to quell concerns over the president’s health which is not ideal. But it still did not convince many and among them was Dr Jonathan Reiner, cardiologist to former Republican vice president Dick Cheney (2001-09). 

Speaking in an interview on CNN recently, Reiner said he has spoken to a source in the White House over the matter but was not convinced about their claim that the president’s visit to Walter Reed on November 16 was a “routine” one. He said anything usual could have been done at the White House’s medical unit itself and that the president had to go to Walter Reed on a Saturday did not make it look a routine affair. About Trump’s visit on a weekend, his Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said he had less workload on that day. Reiner also informed that his “source” at the White House refused to agree that something urgent had made Trump head for the test.

Trump himself also denied speculations that he had a heart attack that made him go to the medical facility.

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney attends the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC), on February 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

"There was no sophisticated testing done. It's a little bit unusual. Almost everything that is usually done in a presidential physical like this, can be done in the White House at the White House medical unit. So, it doesn't really make a lot of sense why the president would travel up to Walter Reed on a Saturday afternoon for this kind of testing."

Reiner, who has co-authored a book named ‘Heart: An American Medical Odyssey’ with Cheney whose life he had saved by transplanting his heart in 2012, said he too was involved in the process when Cheney made routine hospital visits during his stay in office. They were planned “down to the minute” over weeks, the doctor said.

A spontaneous rush to Walter Reed surprises Reiner

"A spontaneous trip for a medical exam is distinctly uncommon, raising the question of whether there was something specifically at issue that required an evaluation on Saturday," the medical veteran added. 

"You go to a hospital, like Walter Reed, for testing that is not available in the White House," said Reiner. "That would include things like CAT scans, a test like a stress test. Those kinds of very sophisticated and detailed procedures would often need to be done in a place like Walter Reed. A routine exam to draw some blood, just to just sort of check the president's height and weight can be done on the ground floor of the White House,” Reiner said.

Reiner spoke about Trump's health earlier as well

It is not the first time that Reiner has expressed his concerns over Trump’s health conditions. In February this year, he was provoked by the fact that the White House didn't release details about the tests that Trump underwent a four-hour-long physical examination and alleged that something was being hidden. 


Health of the president or candidates running for the post has become a top discussion point in this election season. In October, Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party’s 78-year-old hopeful suffered a heart attack during a public event in Las Vegas that pushed him out of the race for some time. The debate over the age of presidential candidates seeking election or re-election has become a talking point since then.

All the top candidates seeking to occupy the White House between 2021 and 2025 from both parties are above 70. 

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