Tests for Obama after complaints of sore throat

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Barack Obama had some medical tests Saturday at a military hospital just outside Washington because of a persistent sore throat.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama’s physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, suggested that some diagnostic tests be done Saturday afternoon since the president had free time in his schedule. He said Obama has been complaining of a sore throat.

The situation was not urgent, Earnest said, and Obama’s motorcade made the half-hour crawl in rainy weather to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington.

Obama departed after spending about a half hour at the facility.

“The quickly scheduled test is a matter of convenience for the president, not a matter of urgency,” Earnest said. “We will provide additional updates when available.”

Obama, 53, had a physical exam in May and was said to be in excellent health.

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