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November 18, 2019

Hoping to end speculation about President Trump's surprise weekend visit to Walter Reed Medical Center, the White House released a memo on Monday night written by Trump's physician, who said the "trip was kept off the record" due to "scheduling uncertainties."

On Saturday, Trump underwent a "routine, planned interim checkup as part of the regular, primary preventative care he receives throughout the year," Dr. Sean Conley said. Trump has "not had any chest pain, nor was he evaluated or treated for any urgent or acute issues," he continued. "Specifically, he did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations."

When a president or other notable person visits Walter Reed, staffers are usually notified ahead of time, people familiar with the matter told CNN, and this didn't happen on Saturday. Several doctors who treated former presidents and vice presidents said they found the unannounced hospital visit worrisome, including Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist who treated former Vice President Dick Cheney. "It's concerning that there hasn't been any transparency in what occurred on Saturday," he told CNN before the memo was released.

In the memo, Conley said next year, he will put together a report with a full summary of Trump's labs and exam. With the president's consent, Conley did share Trump's cholesterol numbers, which are down from earlier this year. Catherine Garcia

July 31, 2019

Former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon has not forgotten the tools of the trade — he still has a penchant for spinning things.

President Trump's former chief strategist in an interview with BBC said that the White House's crackdown on immigration at the southern border is actually anything but racist, no matter what critics say.

"It's actually anti-racist," Bannon said. "What President Trump is trying to do is protect African American and Hispanic workers, and people in these cities."

He blamed the mainstream media for blowing Trump's rhetoric out of proportion, including the president's racist tweets directed at four Democratic congresswomen earlier this month. Bannon did say that he thinks the best course of action is to defeat progressives like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) at the polls, but added that Trump has "his own house style" and it's not racist.

Bannon doesn't work for Trump anymore, but the interview shows he doesn't "need to be in the campaign" to help try to get the president re-elected in 2020. Watch the full clip below. Tim O'Donnell

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