President Donald Trump bragged about his “gorgeous chest” while debunking speculation he suffered a heart attack earlier this month.
Addressing thousands of fans at the Sunrise arena in South Florida on Tuesday, Trump insisted he was in perfect health.
Trump assured the crowd that his unannounced visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on November 17 was simply for a routine medical check.
He stressed that if he “didn’t feel great,” he “wouldn’t be ranting and raving” to such large crowds.
Pushing back on rumors that he was treated for a cardiac arrest, he explained he hadn’t worn a tie for the tests because he knew he’d be asked to remove his shirt.
“Why would I wear a tie?” Trump asked the crowd. “If the first thing they do is say ‘Take off your shirt, sir, and show us that gorgeous chest?”
“We’ve never seen a chest quite like it,” he added, mimicking a doctor’s voice, to his audience’s rapturous delight.
"Show us that gorgeous chest. We want to see it. We've never seen a chest quite like it."@realDonaldTrump jokes that the doctors wanted to see his "gorgeous" chest when he went to the hospital and he wasn't wearing a tie. pic.twitter.com/Ux3KjOglKt
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 27, 2019
Trump then invited several Republican officials to join him onstage, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
He first congratulated DeSantis, calling him “one of the most popular governors anywhere in the country,” and then things took a bizarre turn.
Trump said that whenever he would see DeSantis on television, “I always thought Ron was a little bit heavy.”
But then, one day, he gave DeSantis a pat on the shoulder, and was so taken aback he exclaimed, “Whoa! That’s strong. That’s a lot of muscle there. My hand didn’t sink in like it does with a lot of people. And then I see him without a shirt one day, and this guy is strong. He’s not fat. That’s all power. That’s all muscle. I want to tell you that.”
“I said, ‘Ron, you’re one of the few I say it to: Don’t walk around with a jacket all the time,” he added. “Take it off.’ He’s a great guy, he’s a tough guy, he’s a brilliant guy, and he’s our governor.”
When the South Florida Sun-Sentinel asked DeSantis’ communications director Helen Ferre for some clarification on when Trump would have been with a shirtless DeSantis, Ferre sent a text saying Trump meant to say he saw DeSantis without a jacket, not without a shirt.