Opinion | This is exactly why we need to know the truth about Trump’s health

Over and over again on issues of Trump’s health, the president’s aides have shown more concern for stroking Trump’s ego and furthering his political agenda than telling the truth.

Meanwhile, Trump has consistently played down the seriousness of the viral pandemic and promoted risky behaviors such as mass gatherings that have heightened the threat of transmission. Trump has scorned science and lauded quack cures. Since the novel coronavirus began spreading, he has constantly assured the country that the end of the pandemic is in sight.

“It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. That’s what it really affects,” the president said. “In some states, thousands of people — nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows? Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”

Trump is 74 years old and obese, and he has in the past had high cholesterol, all of which means he is at high risk for serious consequences from the coronavirus. The public cannot trust assurances from the same people who claimed — absurdly — that the president’s unscheduled two-hour visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last year was merely “to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam.” They have refused to divulge other details.

Starting right now, Americans must demand briefings from the medical personnel — presumably military doctors — treating the president. The medical team should make public the specifics of Trump’s symptoms, test results, vital signs and his treatment regimen.

As Americans, we should pray that the president has a mild bout with this virus, followed by a speedy recovery. Trump’s credibility, however, is a hopeless case.

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