Officials say US President Donald Trump scored "exceedingly well" in an exam designed to detect signs of memory loss. The test comes after a new book painted Trump as a man-child with trouble in processing information and recognising old friends.

US officials say Donald Trump personally requested the test as he continues to face questions about his mental acuity for office.
US officials say Donald Trump personally requested the test as he continues to face questions about his mental acuity for office. (Reuters Archive)

US President Donald Trump performed "exceedingly well" on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said on Tuesday, as the White House continued to bat back questions about the president's mental fitness for office.

Identifying animals and reciting a list of words were among the type of challenges contained in the cognitive fitness test taken by Trump, in his first presidential physical exam last week.

According to White House doctor Ronny Jackson, who was appointed to the role by former President Barack Obama, Trump received a perfect score on a test designed to detect early signs of memory loss and other mild cognitive impairment. 

On cusp of obesity mark

He also reported the 192-centimetre (6.3-foot) president weighed in at 108 kilogrammes (239 pounds) – 1.3 kilogrammes (three pounds) heavier than he was in September 2016, the last time Trump revealed his weight to the public. That number puts Trump on the cusp of – but just under – the obesity mark.

"The president's overall health is excellent," said Jackson, who predicted Trump would remain healthy for the duration of his presidency despite a diet heavy on fast food and an exercise regime limited to weekend golf outings.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment that Trump took includes remembering a list of spoken words; listening to a list of random numbers and repeating them backward; naming as many words that begin with, say, the letter F as possible within a minute; accurately drawing a cube; and describing concrete ways that two objects – like a train and a bicycle – are alike.

Trump personally requests test

Presidents don't typically sit for cognitive assessments during their periodic physical exams. 

But Jackson said Trump personally requested the test as he continues to face questions about his mental acuity for office. 

Such questions have escalated in the wake of an unflattering new book that paints Trump as a man-child who has trouble processing information and recognising old friends.

But the 71-year-old president performed "exceedingly well" on the test, Jackson said, receiving a perfect score.

Trump has experienced several recent episodes in which he appeared to slur his words, adding to concerns about his health. 

Jackson said he'd ruled out a list of possible causes, and that dry mouth caused by the over-the-counter decongestant Sudafed was likely to blame.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies