Trump at risk of a 'serious cardiovascular event': Former Cheney cardiologist calls for independent investigation of president's health
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office (Photo: Screen capture)

Jonathan Reiner, the longtime cardiologist of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was on CNN's 'Out Front With Erin Burnett' Friday evening and the doctor called for an independent group to investigate Trump's health.


"I think the time is now to create an independent [group] to assess the fitness of the president and vice-president," he said.

"Imagine if the person who examined your pilot worked for your pilot....we depend on people in key positions having independent medical exams," Reiner continued.

"He is not moving in the right direction," he said regarding Trump's general health in the wake of a newly released annual Presidential checkup. "The president's weight has gone up, his cholesterol hasn't gone down. We know he has coronary disease and he is on a train going to a destination that he does not want to arrive at. If you don't treat these risk factors like high cholesterol and you don't reduce elevated weight and you don't do exercise, you are really increasing your risk of having a heart attack. I calculated the president's risk of having a serious cardiovascular event -- it's 17 %."

When host of Outfront, Erin Burnett asked if that was high, the doctor answered in the affirmative.

"That's super high," he noted, adding: "To turn that around, the president needs to get moving, lose some weight, really drop the carbs in his diet and get his cholesterol way down. It would be good to see him moving in a different direction than he seems to have gone over the last year."

Watch the segment below: