It was a weird moment. Watch for yourself.
That was President Trump in a speech at the White House on Wednesday. The White House said Trump just had a dry mouth. But more questions came on Thursday at the daily White House briefing, and press secretary Sarah Sanders was miffed.
"Sarah, a question about his health, after he appeared yesterday — just on his health, how he appeared yesterday," a reporter asked.
"I know that there were a lot of questions on that — frankly, pretty ridiculous questions. The president's throat was dry. Nothing more than that," she said.
Then she added, "He does have a physical scheduled for the first part of next year, the full physical that most presidents go through. That will take place at Walter Reed, and those records will be released by the doctor following that taking place."
And just like that, the media got what they wanted. After the Russia collusion story started to falter, the press moved on to a new tack — Trump is nuts.
"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, a true Trump hater, claims Trump has dementia. On Thursday morning, Scarborough also claims to want to be "very careful" with the charge, but said he knows the symptoms because his mother suffered from the disease.
"Unfortunately in the case of my mother, I can move that to the side and I am totally fine with that," he said. "In this case, Donald Trump has control of nuclear weapons."
"This is not the person that we knew even three years ago. There’s a remarkable change," the MSNBC host said.
Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski have been pushing the story for months, even writing in a Washington Post op-ed that "We are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show."
In a bizarre rant last week, Scarborough said Trump claimed that "people close to him during the campaign" have told him that Trump suffers from dementia. Scarborough went even further, saying the Constitution's 25th Amendment allows for Trump's removal from office — in fact, demands it.
"If this is not what the 25th Amendment was drafted for — I would like the Cabinet members, serving America, not the president, serving America ... you don't represent him," Scarborough said.
Talking directly to Trump, Scarborough said, "You represent 325 million people whose lives are literally in your hands, and we are facing a showdown with a nuclear power and you have somebody inside the White House that the New York Daily News says is mentally unfit; that people close to him say is mentally unfit; that people close to him during the campaign told me had early stages of dementia."
All recent presidents have had their annual physicals at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and the White House routinely releases summaries of the findings. During the 2016 campaign, when rumors circulated about Hillary Clinton's health, Trump released health records in a way only he could do — on the "Dr. Oz" show.
Trump's physician for the past 30 years, Dr. Harold Bornstein, wrote in a letter that Trump would "unequivocally ... [be] the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." Bornstein said that Trump had "the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States."
But the letter also showed Trump weighed 236 pounds, which even at his 6-foot-2-inch stature puts him close to being classified as obese. And it revealed that Trump takes a statin for high cholesterol.