Body politic: Trump says "the kidney has a very special place in the heart"

David Harding
Contributor

For many, kidneys and hearts are two separate things.

But not it seems for the most powerful man in the world, US President Donald Trump.

In a bizarre speech, the American leader told an audience that “the kidney has a very special place in the heart”.

He was speaking ahead of signing an executive order for his government to address kidney-related health issues.

“You’ve worked so hard on these things, you’ve worked so hard on the kidney, very special, the kidney has a very special place in the heart, it’s an incredible thing,” Trump told the Washington audience.

He continued: “People that have to go this… people have loved ones that are working so hard to stay alive, they have to work so hard.

“There’s an esprit de corps spirit, like you see rarely on anything, so I just want to thank all you folks for being here, it’s really fantastic, and it’s truly an exciting day for advancing kidney health in our country.”

Unsurprisingly, the president was immediately trolled online for his comment.

Some accused the president of lacking another important part of the body - the brain - for making such a statement.

Others just speculated that they were glad the business tycoon, turned TV star, turned politician, won’t be making another career jump into medicine.

But not all attacked the President.

Some claimed that what he said made perfect sense and that he was not talking about “the physical location” of the kidney and accused reporters of being “narrow-minded”.

Trump signing the executive order on advancing kidney health (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

It’s not the first time President Trump has made eye-catching health statements.

Previously he said exercise makes you die young.

It is thought the only regular exercise

Trump gets is regular games of golf.

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