SATURDAY January 20th marks one year since Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. All of the cardiologists interviewed said that would be essential in trying to control Trump's risk of a heart attack, though several said they wondered whether Trump was regularly taking his medicine as prescribed.
This story was first published on CNN.com, "President Trump has common form of heart disease".
The interview mainly focused on North Korea, with Trump complaining that Russian Federation is not "helping us at all" in pushing back against the communist dictatorship's nuclear proliferation.
He spent the evening in the White House residence, watching television and calling up friends, insisting Democrats would be blamed if the federal government shut down at midnight, according to a person familiar with the president's conversations but not authorized to discuss them publicly. Trump last revealed details about his health two months before the November 2016 election, when he appeared on the "Dr. Oz" show to give details of a physical performed by his longtime physician, the eccentric Dr Harold Bornstein.
Council on Foreign Relations expert Paul Stares said despite fears Trump would prove a "human wrecking ball", his first year has seen continuity in terms of ISIS, Afghanistan and Russian Federation while being "lucky" not to experience a "full-blown crisis".
Democrats' agenda in this case is, chiefly, protection for the 700,000 young immigrants who may face deportation when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expires in March.
Congress convened a rare Saturday session to try to find a solution to the shutdown, but day-long talks produced no visible progress toward a deal.
The White House doesn't necessarily view the confusion as a problem.
But bipartisan congressional negotiations with the White House faltered last week, prompting Republican leaders to begin pushing for the passage of a stopgap measure to fund the government through February 16. It is the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years, and Republicans say the changes will make American businesses more competitive overseas and allow them to create new jobs and raise wages.
Republican leadership now is pushing for a short-term "continuing resolution" to keep the government open.
"We're very, very lucky that we have majorities in the House and Senate".
It was not clear on Thursday whether Trump understood that his administration had backed the renewal less than 24 hours before.
"In the second year, you no longer are one-dimensional", said Ari Fleischer, press secretary when George W. Bush was president. Lawmakers were unable to pass a bill through the Senate in time with the required supermajority, with many Democrats refusing to vote for something that doesn't reflect their constituents' priorities. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader and a fellow New Yorker, and then backed off. Trump had promised to upend the political culture of Washington D.C., in his words to "drain the swamp", but gridlock prevailed, with Republicans and Democrats blaming each other.
"We support what he said yesterday 100 percent - that he is in excellent health", she said. This is the lowest average first-year approval rating for any US President.
There is still no sign of a deal to get the Federal government back up and running with the main sticking point being immigration.