Ahead of Donald Trump’s annual physical, White House staff seem to be doing their best to lower expectations about the president’s health.
Not only hasn’t Trump stuck to his diet, but he reportedly hasn’t set foot inside his personal fitness room a single time since taking office.
“The President received a diet and exercise plan last year after his annual physical, but the President admits he has not followed it religiously,” said principal deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley, according to CNN.
The report notes that the only thing Trump has done to improve his health is eat a fish dinner prepared by the White House. Aside from that, the president is “reluctant to change his eating habits.”
This despite the fact that, as CNN reports, Trump has high cholesterol, an obsession with burgers and fries and a common form of heart disease.
Trump refuses to exercise
It’s one thing that Trump is in his 70s, has high cholesterol, a heart condition and poor diet. He makes matters worse by refusing to exercise.
As CNN reports, “Nearly a dozen White House officials and sources close to Trump said they don’t believe he’s set foot in the fitness room in the White House residence, maintaining his view that exercise would be a waste of the energy he has always touted as one of his best attributes.”
“I get exercise. I mean I walk, I this, I that,” Trump said, according to the report. “I run over to a building next door. I get more exercise than people think.”
Compare Trump’s nonexistent workout regimen to his most recent predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who made exercise central to their lives.
It should also be noted that this president has plenty of time to hit the gym once or twice a week. His private schedules released by Axios this week show that the majority of his time is spent watching TV and tweeting.
Given the amount of free time Donald Trump has on his hands, it’s stunning that he hasn’t accidentally stumbled into the White House fitness room at least once.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.