Thursday 29 September 2016

Letter declaring Donald Trump's 'astonishingly excellent' health was 'written in five mins'

Heather Saul

Published 27/08/2016 | 20:10

Republican hopeful Donald Trump. Photo: AP
Republican hopeful Donald Trump. Photo: AP

The doctor who declared Donald Trump would be “unequivocally the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” says he wrote his letter in just five minutes.

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The Republican nominee famously produced a note from Dr Harold Bornstein, his physician for 35 years, declaring him as having an excellent bill of health in December.

In a style echoing Mr Trump’s hyperbolic addresses, his letter declared his health “extraordinary”, claiming the 70-year-old’s overall well-being was “astonishingly excellent”. He said he had probably interpolated some of Mr Trump's effusive language.

But Dr Bornstein stands by his assessment, telling NBC News: “His health is excellent, especially his mental health”, adding that his brain is switched on “24 hours a day”.

He said the letter was written while a limousine sat outside his office waiting for it, which goes someway to explain the brevity and errors within it, such as "to whom my concern".

“Dr. Bornstein has been Mr. Trump's doctor for decades and is already familiar with his excellent health records,” Mr Trump’s spokesperson said in response. He added that Mr Trump would be happy to release more medical records if Hillary Clinton promised to do the same.

Donald Trump, right, greets former UKIP leader Nigel Farage at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi. Photos: Jonathan Bachman/Getty
Donald Trump, right, greets former UKIP leader Nigel Farage at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi. Photos: Jonathan Bachman/Getty

A spokesperson for Mr Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Independent.

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