Trump to receive routine medical exam next year, White House says

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White House downplays Trump's slurred speech

Dry throat caused President Donald Trump to slur his words during Wednesday's speech announcing he will move the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted at Thursday's press briefing.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement in the wake of what she called "pretty ridiculous questions" about the president's health following a speech on moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem Wednesday.

The slurred word prompted questions on social media about why the president stumbled over the phrase at the end of his speech. But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that Trump simply was suffering from a dry throat.

She added: "He does have a physical scheduled for the first part of next year, the full physical that most presidents go through".

Modern presidents have been examined by military doctors every year or two, and Trump has not yet disclosed any doctors' visits while in office. One was a one-page summary deeming the president in "excellent physical health", and one in 2015 he noted that Trump "would be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency".

Pressed on whether the slurred words might indicate any health concerns, Shah said: "I know what you're getting at".

"So I think he's in pretty good health", he said.

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