Recall that two weeks ago on Saturday, November 16, President Trump, 73, made an unscheduled visit to Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, unlike his two previous physical exams that were announced ahead of time by the White House and noted on his daily public schedule.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham denied the President had any health issue, and said the unscheduled hospital visit was “a routine checkup as part of his annual physical” because Trump he had a “free weekend” and decided to get parts of his physical done early. But Trump had undergone a full physical examination at Walter Reed this February, and was deemed to be in “very good health overall.”
According to InfoWars, however, an “inside source” said Trump’s visit was prompted by his food taster being poisoned from “ingesting an unnamed substance.” Luckily, the hospital found that Trump didn’t show any outward signs of being sick. See my post, “President Trump makes unscheduled hospital visit; his food tester severely ill from poisoning”.
But Cockburn of Spectator USA, writing on on Nov. 28, 2019, claims that a different account is “circulating” among “Washington’s cognoscenti,” the source for which is “apparently someone well connected to the Trump White House.” At least two major news organizations have the account and have been trying to substantiate it.
According to this account, the president fell ill on Friday night, suffering from “shortness of breath”. He went to Walter Reed the following day, where doctors checked his heart enzymes and did a coronary angiogram wherein dye is injected into the heart’s blood vessels and an X-ray reveals any narrowing or blockages. Trump was found to have “three blocked vessels” and was told he needed stents to keep his arteries open. Trump refused to have the stents put in straight away, worrying that the media had seen his motorcade. He returned secretly the next day to have no less than three stents inserted.
Cockburn’s source said that Trump then was hiding out as he recovered by “working from his bedroom” — although Trump did make an appearance at a Cabinet meeting the day after he allegedly had the stents put in.
Politico reports that at the Cabinet meeting, Trump specifically denied media speculation that he had a heart attack. He said:
I went for a physical. And I came back and my wife said, ‘Darling are you OK? … Oh they’re reporting you may have had a heart attack.’ I said, ‘Why did I have a heart attack?’ ‘Because you went to Walter Reed Medical Center’ — that’s where we go when we get the physicals. I was only there for a very short period of time, I went, did a very routine, just a piece of it, the rest takes place in January. I got back home and I get greeted with the news that ‘We understand you had a heart attack!’ These people are sick. They’re sick. The press really in this country is dangerous.”
Trump also said that when he was at Walter Reed, he took a tour of the hospital and met with an injured soldier and their family.
Politico has an entirely different explanation for why Trump is using the White House residence — the First Family’s private quarters on the second floor — to conduct official business, which he has been doing for some time.
The White House residence is the First Family’s private quarters on the second floor, with a living room, study and the Yellow Oval Room for grander entertaining — in addition to the bedrooms, kitchen, dining and dressing rooms. Over 90 people work in the White House residence, both serving the president and his family as well as helping to throw hundreds of events each year for visitors.
Nancy Cook reports for Politico on November 24, 2019:
The Oval Office is the traditional epicenter of power for American presidents, but a new one is emerging that’s more exclusive, more secluded and more convenient.
President Donald Trump is increasingly morphing the White House residence into a second Oval. It’s become the place where Trump feels most productive, where he avoids meddling by his staff and where he speed-dials his network of confidants, GOP lawmakers and TV pundits.
Maintaining a sanctuary to work and think has taken on greater importance for the president as he increasingly feels under siege by the Democratic impeachment inquiry. Frustrated by the whistleblower complaint and a parade of administration officials testifying on Capitol Hill, Trump is as wary as ever of the staffers around him and distrustful of the traditional White House infrastructure. Working from his private quarters gives him space away from what he perceives as prying eyes and guards against his omnipresent fear of leaks to the media.
It also gives Trump a greater sense of control as he faces the dual challenges of impeachment and his reelection, according to interviews with a half-dozen current and former senior administration officials.
“The Oval presents itself as historic and it gives off a sense of power, but the residence has a sense of exclusivity,” said a former senior administration official, describing Trump’s affinity for conducting business there. “He works more in the residence because he is not constrained there by staffers knocking on the door.”
People close to the president say his proclivity to retreat to the residence during work hours has built up over the course of his presidency….
Outsiders can reach Trump there only through the telephone, or if he invites them in.
The president sometimes prefers to interview candidates for high-profile positions from his private quarters, so staff and White House journalists cannot monitor comings and goings….
Now he tends to go to the Oval Office and adjacent private dining room for five to six hours a day for formal meetings, lunches and ceremonial events, current and former administration officials say. But the bulk of his work in the mornings, late afternoons, evenings and weekends happens in his private quarters where Trump can call staff and advisers as early as 6 a.m. and up to midnight. Sometimes he or one of his aides will summon a senior staffer to the residence for an informal discussion or quick meeting to review a speech.
He also uses it during working hours as a place to watch TV freely, tweet and serve as his own one-man communications director and political strategist. The residence serves like a bunker for his impeachment response and his real-time reaction to testimony, witnesses and public hearings.
But Spectator USA‘s Cockburn is convinced that Trump did have a heart attack precisely because of the denials — “The more Trump denies he’s had heart problems, the more Cockburn wonders if the rumors may have some truth to them.”
In other words, Cockburn is always right. If Trump admits he had a heart attack, that confirms Cockburn’s suspicion that the president did have a heart attack. But if Trump denies he had a heart attack, that also confirms Cockburn’s suspicion. No matter what, Cockburn can never be proven wrong — which, of course, is a logical fallacy, because this, in essence, is Cockburn’s position:
If X, then Z
If not X, then Z
where X = Trump denies he had a heart attack
not X = Trump does not deny, i.e., admits he had a heart attack
Z = Cockburn is right
Please pray for our President!
See also “Two Trump helicopters crashed in past 9 months,” March 24, 2018.