Did Trump Suffer A Stroke In 2019?
A recent viral tweet claims that President Donald Trump suffered a “cerebral event” in 2019. The tweet has over 1400 hundred retweets and claims that the source for this information is a new book by New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt. The book is titled “Donald Trump v. The United States”. The post is referring to President Trump’s visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in November 2019 for a medical checkup, as covered by CNN. The post then goes on to conclude that the cerebral event was a stroke.
However, the source for this claim is bunk. The author has tweeted a response, clarifying that the book does not have any mention of a “cerebral event” or stroke. Schmidt reiterated that the book only mentions Vice President Mike Pence being on standby if Trump had to undergo anesthetization during any medical procedure at Walter Reed.
CNN coverage on the topic noted that Schmidt did not specify the source for his claim. Mike Pence responded to the claim as well, stating that he “does not recall being told to be on standby” in an interview with Fox News.
President Trump also tweeted out a response denying that he suffered a stroke during his visit to Walter Reed. Physician to the President, Dr. Sean P. Conley, also made a White House statement confirming that Trump has not experienced any form of stroke, transient ischemic attack, or any acute cardiovascular emergency. Hence, we declare that the original twitter post’s claim that Trump suffered a stroke or any cerebral event is false.