According to an exclusive report from CNN, Donald Trump’s personal physician is spilling the beans on that glowing health report disseminated to the media back in 2015. While many were suspicious of the letter, which praised Trump’s alleged excellent health, Dr. Harold Bornstein is now admitting that the letter was entirely dictated by Trump.
“He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter,” Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. “I just made it up as I went along.”
The admission is a stark turn-around from the narrative that emerged over two years ago from the Trump camp.
“His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary,” the letter read, which was released by Trump’s campaign in December 2015. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
The missive didn’t offer much medical evidence for those claims beyond citing a blood pressure of 110/65, described by Bornstein as “astonishingly excellent.” It claimed Trump had lost 15 pounds over the preceding year. And it described his cardiovascular health as “excellent.”
The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment about Bornstein’s claim.
In 2016, Bornstein told CNN that he wrote the letter while being “rushed for time,” but insisted that the words in the letter were his.
“Did I really write that letter? Yeah,” he said.
Bornstein’s admission comes on the heels of news that Trump’s ex-bodyguard Keith Schiller raided his office and took Trump’s medical records more than a year ago — an event that CNN says makes the story behind the letter “clearer.” But according to CNN, the White House and “a separate source familiar with the handover of Trump’s medical records” says the incident was not a “raid.”
“As is standard operating procedure, the White House Medical Unit took possession of the President’s medical records,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.
Bornstein says Trump dictated the language of the letter as Bornstein and his wife were driving across Central Park.
“[Trump] dictated the letter and I would tell him what he couldn’t put in there,” he said. “They came to pick up their letter at 4 o’clock or something.”
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