PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP addressed the nation about his plan to create a national medical research agency, saying he is “a medical doctor” and that he has worked as a physician.
He said he has consulted with experts on the topic, including former Vice President Dick Cheney.
The president also told the American Medical Association that he is a “medical doctor,” and the AMA said it will continue to provide its “highest level of endorsement” of his candidacy.
“As a former physician and a doctor of medicine, I have spent a lot of time looking at the science, medical theory, how to cure disease, and how to prevent it,” Trump said in a statement.
“And it’s been clear to me that if we can do it right, we can make a real difference in our lives.”
The president has previously said he wants to “bring back” doctors, but he did not specify what kind of doctors he wants.
Trump has said he would like to eliminate Medicare as the nation’s health insurance program, but the AMA and other groups have warned against that idea, and have called it “dangerous” and “un-American.”
He has also said he will not consider a plan to eliminate the Medicare system.
The AMA has endorsed former Texas Gov.
Rick Perry for president, who has repeatedly expressed interest in running for the Republican nomination.