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New Yorker: Trump Says Exercise Will Wear Down One's 'Battery'

New Yorker: Trump Says Exercise Will Wear Down One's 'Battery'
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By    |   Monday, 15 May 2017 03:13 PM

President Donald Trump prides himself on his energy and stamina, but he "considers exercise misguided," and thinks it's a waste of energy that could be used elsewhere, the writer of a piece for The New Yorker says.

"Other than golf, he considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy," Evan Osnos writes in his May 8 article "How Trump Could Get Fired."

Trump's distaste for exercise has been well documented in many places, including in a February Axios article which reported that the president's only workout is an "occasional round of golf," but even then, he gets around the course by cart, not on foot.

The Washington Post's Mike Kranich and Mark Fisher, wrote even more about Trump's battery theory, saying that after college, he saw "time spent playing sports as time wasted."

The body, Trump believed, was like a "battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted."

Trump also told The New York Times back in 2015 that he would not follow a special exercise workout or diet for his presidential campaign, saying that his friends who work out religiously are "going for knee replacements, hip replacements, they're a disaster."

Instead, he said he got plenty of exercise at his rallies and being in front of his large crowds for an hour or more.

While Trump is not a fan of exercise, his love of fast food from McDonald's and KFC has been reported often. He not only has called his drive-through dining choices "good food," but as a person who does not like germs, he also believes the restaurants promise to be clean, reports the Times.

"One bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald's. One bad hamburger, you take Wendy's and all these other places and they're out of business," Mr. Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper during the campaign. "I'm a very clean person. I like cleanliness, and I think you're better off going there than maybe someplace that you have no idea where the food's coming from. It's a certain standard."

Trump may be changing his eating habits, however, now that he's living in the White House. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin said in March that the president "has more stamina than anyone I've ever met" and that he's laying off the fast food.

There has not been much released about the president's health, notes CNN, beyond favorable letters from his personal doctor, Harold Bornstein, who famously said Trump, 70, is in "excellent physical health" and commented in 2015 that if Trump was elected he would "be the healtiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

Trump is tall, at 6'3" and reportedly weighs 236 pounds, according to the New Yorker piece. He's also boasted of his physical fitness often, especially when comparing himself to Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, particularly after the former secretary of state abruptly left a 9/11 commemoration event in New York City.

"She doesn't have the strength or stamina . . . as secretary of state she was a disaster," Trump has said earlier in the campaign. "She traveled a lot. What does she do on the plane? Sleep? It's not that hard to do if you're traveling on a beautiful United States plane. Hillary doesn't have the strength or stamina to take on our enemies."

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President Donald Trump prides himself on his energy and stamina, but he "considers exercise misguided," and thinks it's a waste of energy that could be used elsewhere, the writer of a piece for The New Yorker says.
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