Physician Who Declared Trump a Superior Physical Specimen Dies
Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, who signed a statement during the 2016 presidential campaign declaring Donald Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” has died at the age of 73. No cause of death has been disclosed.
The eccentric, shaggy-haired Bornstein was Trump’s personal physician from 1980 to 2017. He became instantly recognizable – and widely mocked – after giving multiple television interviews in December 2015 stating that the morbidly obese Trump’s blood pressure and laboratory results “were astonishingly excellent” and “physical strength and stamina are extraordinary.”
Bornstein had hoped to be named White House physician after Trump was elected but he was ejected from Trump’s orbit after he revealed in a series of interviews with the New York Times in 2017 that Trump was taking Propecia, a prostate-related drug, to promote hair growth.
Not long after that revelation Bornstein said that three Trump aides “raided” his office and taken all of Trump’s medical records. They also told him to remove a picture he had on a wall in his office of him with the president.
Bornstein said he felt that he was being punished for talking to The Times. He said that Rhona Graff, Trump’s longtime executive assistant and senior vice president of the Trump Organization, had called him after the article appeared and told him: “So you wanted to be the White House doctor? Forget it, you’re out.”
It was only after this series of events, which took place over a couple of years, that Bornstein finally admitted publicly in 2018 what many had suspected all along – that Trump himself had written the letter saying that he would be the healthiest president ever.
“He dictated that whole letter,” he told CNN. “I didn’t write that letter.”