Or, more politely: The explanation raises several questions. Wasn’t his last checkup in February? When did his annual physical become a phased affair? Why was Saturday’s visit, unlike previous checkups, not announced or listed on his public schedule?
Do not, it goes without saying, expect answers from this White House. Not only does it have a well-earned reputation for not telling the truth, but it won’t even deign to entertain questions. “Further speculation beyond the extensive & honest info I put out is wholly irresponsible & dangerous for the country,” tweeted White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham after her statement about Mr. Trump preparing for a “very busy 2020” failed to satisfy the numerous questions about the mysterious two-hour hospital visit.
If this were a normal White House — yes, we know how fanciful that sounds — there would be an opportunity to ask questions and get information via regular — they used to be daily — White House press briefings. Since being named to her job in June, Ms. Grisham has yet to hold a single one.
Americans have a right to know the facts about the health of their president and whether it impacts his ability to do the job. Mr. Trump is 73 years old, the oldest person ever elected to a first term as president. He is not the first president to be less than forthcoming about his health, but Mr. Trump is unique in mocking the legitimate public interest in his medical condition. As a candidate, he released a four-paragraph letter from his eccentric personal doctor boasting that Mr. Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” The doctor later revealed that Mr. Trump had dictated the letter. There was also the gushing performance by presidential physician Ronny L. Jackson after Mr. Trump’s 2018 physical; Dr. Jackson went on to a doomed nomination to become Veteran Affairs secretary.
“Everything very good (great!)” Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday about his visit to Walter Reed. If so, he should authorize Walter Reed to provide the public with a full accounting of Saturday’s visit.