Here's Why Donald Trump Works Hard to Conceal His Medical Record From the Public
Donald Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to project an image of impeccable health throughout his business career and political ambitions. A closer look reveals, however, that Trump has repeatedly worked hard to mask or hide critical details about his physical and mental health. As such, many critics have accused Trump of purposefully concealing information that could undermine the public persona he has carefully crafted over decades.
According to ABC News, Trump views his health as a 'strength' and any illness as a 'weakness.' During the 2016 campaign, he frequently criticized Hillary Clinton's 'stamina' while bragging about his own genetics and physical strength. He even had his former physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, write a letter full of dubious superlatives about his health: "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." Bornstein later admitted that Trump 'dictated that whole letter' and pressured him to minimize any negative information.
Trump’s lawyers sent this letter to AG Merrick Garland yesterday.— Dr. David A. Lustig (@drdave1999) May 24, 2023
It sounds suspiciously like the letter Trump produced from Dr. Harold Bornstein, saying that his health is “astonishingly excellent.”
Remember, though— Trump hires only the BEST people. pic.twitter.com/fGzFLS5vXr
Once in the White House, Trump continued to conceal data about his health by stacking his medical team with loyalists like Dr. Ronny Jackson, who gave Trump's annual physical exams unusually glowing reviews. Medical experts slammed Jackson's optimistic pronouncements as unrealistic given Trump's age, weight, and lifestyle, as per the same report by ABC News. The White House reacted angrily to any criticism of Jackson's assessments.
Visited a great family of a young man under major surgery at the amazing Walter Reed Medical Center. Those are truly some of the best doctors anywhere in the world. Also began phase one of my yearly physical. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019
Critics saw Trump's unannounced visit to Walter Reed Hospital in November 2019 as yet another attempt to conceal details about his health, particularly given the White House's evasive, post-event explanations; it was mostly stated that the ex-President only went for a 'routine checkup.' It was only a few years later that the former White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, seemingly implied in a book that Trump may have undergone a colonoscopy but that he did not want to talk about the matter to avoid authorizing a temporary transfer of powers to his VP, Mike Pence. As per The Hill, she even went on TV to say Trump did not "did not want to be the butt of a joke."
Doctors. Probably Harold Bornstein, Trump’s former personal physician who he had hid 'Security Head' Keith Schiller raid the doctors office and take all of Trumps files.— @jodzio (@Jodzio) November 16, 2022
The lack of transparency was reminiscent of his long-standing practice of using non-disclosure agreements and pressure tactics to keep unflattering information private. According to his niece, Mary Trump, this compulsion for secrecy stems from his pathological aversion to admitting weakness or illness.
Nobody knows medical stuff like I do, believe me - Donald Trump " infectious disease expert"— 3dogdays (@3dogdays1) October 30, 2023
"It will all go away in a couple of weeks"
As per NPR, Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis in October 2020 provided the most troubling evidence that he valued projecting strength over telling the truth. He had been criticized for downplaying the disease. "Don't be afraid of COVID. Don't let it dominate your life," Trump said as he announced his departure from the hospital.
With Trump now implying cryptically that health issues may preclude a presidential run in 2024, critics point to his long history of deception and argue that his comments should not be taken at face value, per NBC News. He could be suffering from undisclosed medical issues, or he could be looking for an excuse to avoid launching a second failed campaign after raising massive sums from supporters who expect him to run.
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