Trump Lying About His Health Only Makes Us Wonder What He’s Hiding
Between his presidency and his personal life, this is a pretty stressful time to be Donald Trump. And there’s no telling what kind of effect the stress has on his body and mind, especially given the recent admission by his own doctor that he lied about Trump’s health at the request of the now-president.
The doctor’s confession comes at an odd time, when Trump is dealing with the Stormy Daniels fallout and the ongoing Russia investigation. But this new information has left the American public what else he’s trying to cover up.
Remember the letter?
In 2016, a letter was released by Trump’s doctor, Harold Bornstein, that left the public puzzled. The letter stated that Trump would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” The doctor really seemed to be going over the top, using statements like “his strength and physical stamina are extraordinary” and “his laboratory test results are astonishingly excellent.”
Bornstein claimed he’d written the letter himself, in five minutes, while Trump waited in his limo outside.
Next: Bornstein has suddenly decided to backtrack.
The doctor’s changing his story
But on May 1, 2018, Dr. Bornstein changed his story. During an interview with CNN, Bornstein admitted that Trump himself had dictated it.
“He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter,” Bornstein said. “I just made it up as I went along.”
Next: Here’s the bizarre reason the doctor revealed the truth.
So why would the doctor admit the truth now, long after the buzz about the letter had died down? As it turns out, Trump dictating the letter isn’t even the strangest part of this story.
Dr. Bornstein also said that White House aide Keith Schiller, Trump Organization chief legal officer Alan Garten, and an unidentified “large man” raided his office in search of medical records in 2017. They took all of Trump’s medical records, including his only copies of Trump’s charts and lab reports. They even asked the doctor to remove a framed photo he had of himself with Trump from the wall (Bornstein had been Trump’s doctor since 1980).
Next: Was this the reason for the surprise raid?
Did the doctor reveal too much?
According to Bornstein, the surprise raid on his office took place in February 2017, just a few days after he’d admitted to the New York Times that he’d been prescribing Propecia, a medication that promotes hair growth, for Trump for years. Bornstein also said Trump was taking medications to treat cholesterol and rosacea. The raid left the doctor feeling frightened and sad, he told NBC News.
Next: Standard procedure?
Is this common presidential behavior?
If what Dr. Bornstein is claiming is true — if Trump dictated the letter to him — it means he asked his doctor to misrepresent his health. And while this certainly seems unethical, the fact is, Trump is far from the first president to do so. Apparently, many past presidents have found ways to misrepresent their health, and their medical reports have long been divorced from reality.
History shows us that FDR hid his paralysis from the world and Woodrow Wilson kept his 1919 stroke a secret. Since presidents are entitled to the same confidentiality as private citizens, Trump’s doctor technically had the right to lie.
Next: Is the White House doctor guilty of the same thing?
The White House physician’s report
When President Trump had his last annual physical, many people speculated the results wouldn’t be good. After all, Trump doesn’t exercise, doesn’t get enough sleep, and eats a diet high in fast food and red meat. But White House physician Dr. Ronny L. Jackson proclaimed that he was in “excellent health”, barely glossing over the fact that he eats a poor diet. Since we now know that Dr. Bornstein misled the public, we can’t help but wonder if Dr. Jackson is doing the same thing.
Next: So what is Trump hiding?
Is the president in poor health?
From rumors of dementia to simple speculation that a 71-year-old man who lives like Trump can’t possibly be healthy, many people are currently wondering what Trump is hiding. Since the president’s track record has shown him to be less than truthful, it’s not a large stretch to assume he’s hiding a medical condition or two. Still, since he’s entitled to his privacy just like everyone else, it may be awhile before we know.
Next: A closer look at Trump’s eating habits
He loves eating at McDonald’s
During a CNN Town Hall, Trump told Anderson Cooper he loves McDonald’s, specifying, “The Quarter Pounder. It’s great stuff.” He’s also a fan of Big Macs and Filet-o-Fish sandwiches. He even made frequent stops at the golden arches on the campaign trail.
Next: He’s a big believer in utensils.
Trump uses his utensils a lot
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016
While Trump loves eating not-so-healthy foods, he doesn’t seem to enjoy getting his hands dirty doing so. For example, when Trump dined with Sarah Palin in 2011, they both opted to eat their pizza with a fork and knife. People were quick to judge, and Jon Stewart even made a skit about the outing on The Daily Show. Trump has also been known to use utensils instead of his hands when indulging in fried chicken from KFC, leading us to a serious question: How does this man eat corn on the cob? We’d really like to know.
Next: He doesn’t like to eat this part of a pizza.
He doesn’t eat pizza crust
Trump doesn’t eat the crust on his pizza because he believes abstaining will help keep his weight down. He explained that he uses his knife and fork to separate the top of the pizza from the bottom, leaving the crust and eating the rest. If you ask us, that seems like a lot of work when he could eat the pizza with his hands and stop when he gets to the crust. But, to each his own.
Next: He rarely eats this
Trump likes food well-done and rarely eats breakfast
Trump told People he skips breakfast most of the time. But when he does eat breakfast, it’s “bacon medium and the eggs over-well,” he says. He’s famous for liking his steak well-done, too. “It would rock on the plate, it was so well done,” Anthony Senecal, the longtime butler at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, told The New York Times in 2016.
Next: This is one healthy habit Trump has
No alcohol for Trump
During a town hall meeting in 2015, Trump told the audience he doesn’t drink alcohol and never has. He even urged parents to encourage their children to abstain from alcohol and drugs. He does, however, order virgin drinks sometimes. For instance, Trump washed down his burger at 21 Club with a virgin Bloody Mary in 2016 while out for dinner with his family.
Next: He’s very picky about this side dish.
He’s particular about his french fries
Here’s an interesting story on the Donald’s food preferences: Writer Jen Deaderick recalled an incident her roommate, a pastry chef at one of Trump’s restaurants, recounted around 2003. Trump sent his fries back three or four times, saying they weren’t good enough. Eventually, the chef sent someone to the grocery store to buy Ore-Ida’s frozen French fries. Trump then deemed the fries perfect, not knowing they were frozen. The story’s not confirmed, but we wouldn’t put it past him.
Next: Trump has a sweet tooth.
Trump has a sweet tooth
Journalists from Time magazine and other publications visited the White House after hours. During their visit, they had dinner with Trump and noted, “He gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else.” And apparently, Trump loves sweets so much he deemed it necessary to brag about Mar-a-Logo’s chocolate cake while recounting the night he approved a missile strike in Syria. Unsurprisingly, the Huffington Post and other publications called him out for it.
Next: This is one of his favorite foods.
Meatloaf is one of his favorites
Trump’s love for meatloaf has been around for a while. In 2005, he and his wife Melania, made meatloaf sandwiches on Martha Stewart’s TV show, and Trump commented that meatloaf sandwiches were his favorite. Not much seems to have changed on that front. On at least two occasions since he’s taken office, he’s ordered the White House’s meatloaf for guests.
Additional reporting by Mandi Kerr.
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