At this point, it’s become pretty clear that if you’re in the president’s orbit, you’re poised to go down with him whether you like it or not. One of the most recent to fall is his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who had his home, office, and hotel room raided by authorities recently and is facing what’s been revealed to be a months-long criminal investigation.
Also recently fallen is the president’s doctor who he’s had while in office, Ronny Jackson. The president tapped Jackson to serve as VA Secretary after the old one David Shulkin got pushed out, but Jackson ended up withdrawing his name after allegations of drunkenness on the job and a concerning pill distribution pattern emerged.
Now drawn back into the national political conversation is the president’s old personal doctor, Harold Bornstein, whose name was signed onto an infamous letter praising the president’s health released by the Trump camp back in 2015.
Trump used his supposed optimum health as a rallying point against his then-opponent Hillary Clinton. Attacks against Clinton only intensified following an incident at a 9/11 memorial in New York City where she could be observed struggling and stumbling; she was eventually revealed to have a case of pneumonia.
As it turns out, however, the letter released by the Trump camp in 2015 praising the president’s health is — to use one of his own favorite terms — fake news. It was not the creation of Dr. Harold Bornstein; Bornstein simply wrote down what Trump dictated to him, just leaving out what he told the current president he could not include.
At least, that’s the version of events that Bornstein himself relayed to CNN this week as reports circulated that the president’s former personal bodyguard Keith Schiller raided his medical facilities and took records covering Donald Trump.
Unsurprisingly, the White House declined to comment.
Bornstein, however, told CNN Tuesday as follows, speaking of the president:
‘He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter. I just made it up as I went along… That’s black humor, that letter. That’s my sense of humor. It’s like the movie ‘Fargo’: It takes the truth and moves it in a different direction.’
The letter itself is full of grandiose statements that are the trademark of the commander-in-chief. It claims, infamously, that Trump was set in 2015 to be the healthiest individual to ever occupy the office of the presidency, something that’s obviously an outlandish claim.
That outlandish claim is right in line with plenty of other outlandish claims from the president however, such as a couple of his most infamous ones, including that it’s a rational idea to build a wall along our border with Mexico and that it’s a rational idea to ban the adherents of an entire religion from entering the United States.
The other issue, besides that of the letter, to have brought Bornstein into the national spotlight this week is his claim that, as mentioned, Trump associates “raided” his office in early 2017 in order to obtain medical records covering the then-newly inaugurated president.
On Tuesday, the White House unsurprisingly fought back against that characterization, calling the so-called “raid” nothing more than “standard operating procedure” covering the transfer of a new president’s medical records.
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