Donald Trump has fired back at comments about his apparent frailty on show during a graduation address.
Observers noted the US President taking ‘baby steps’ and using two hands
to drink from a glass of water at West Point, the nation’s premiere
Some professionals raised concerns over whether the leader, who turns 74 today, has neurological medical issues.
But he zeroed in indignantly on descriptions of him gingerly descending a
staircase while looking at his feet – claiming he ran ‘with momentum’.
Trump tweeted: “The ramp that I descended after my West Point
Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most
importantly, was very slippery.”
He added: “The last thing I was going to do is ‘fall’ for the Fake News
to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!”
Observers have long speculated that the president may need medical
attention based on some of his physical tics and his erratic tweeting –
claims he has repeatedly rejected.
Presidential health is keenly observed in the US, where the White House
is typically called upon to issue statements about leaders’ fitness and
answer public concerns.
Experts had previously noted Trump using two hands to drink from a cup of water since at least 2017.
His use of two hands to sip from a water bottle using two hands during trade talks in Japan elicited curiosity.
The latest footage capturing his two-handed sipping at West Point
footage prompted another round of concern and criticism – quickly batted
away by the leader.
Yale psychiatrist Dr Bandy Lee wrote on Twitter : “This is a persistent
neurological sign that, combined with others, would be concerning enough
to require a brain scan.”
Joe Biden fundraiser Jon Cooper tweeted: “Recent videos make it clear
that there is something medically wrong with Trump. The way he walks,
how he holds a glass of water, his slurred words, his lapses in thought.
What is the White House hiding?”
The White House recently issued a statement pronouncing the president in
good health for his age, and Trump himself has repeatedly insisted he
is perfectly fit.