The "sick" news media panicked Melania Trump to the point where she thought her husband had a heart attack, President Donald Trump said Tuesday.
Trump made a surprise visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Saturday, a trip that raised doubts and questions about a potential medical issue.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told "Fox News Sunday" that Trump made the visit to Walter Reed to "get a head start with some routine checkups as part of his annual exam."
Trump said he visited a family of a young man under major surgery.
"I went for a physical – and I came back, my wife said, 'Darling, are you OK?,'" Trump said before a Cabinet meeting at the White House.
"'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 said 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," he continued, noting that afterward he took a tour of the hospital and met with an injured soldier and their family.
"I got back home, and I get greeted with the news that 'We understand you had a heart attack.'"
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