“There have been no significant findings or changes to report,” wrote White House doctor Sean Conley in a memo detailing the results of the physical examination.
What the coverage of this seemingly mundane health report overlooks is this basic reality: We know less about Trump’s medical history than nearly any president (or even most presidential candidate) of the era. modern. And this fact is all the more remarkable given that Trump is the oldest president ever to be elected for a first term.
Let’s start here: There is no law on what presidential candidates must release in regards to their medical history. Most ask their doctor to issue a relatively detailed letter that goes over all their vital signs, any medications they take regularly, and any past or current illnesses they have had.
Which brings us to Trump and what he did to address concerns during the 2016 campaign that he would be the oldest person ever elected to a first term as president. What did he do? Well, he published a letter from his personal physician. But that was, uh, not the kind of letter other presidential candidates had issued.
Which, at first glance, is a ridiculous claim. Bornstein had never considered any former president. So his ability to claim that Trump would be “the healthiest individual” to ever be president is roughly equivalent to my ability to say the same thing.
By the time the letter was published, it was the subject of widespread mockery – mainly because it read as if Trump himself had written it. Which it turns out he did, at least according to Bornstein.
So take a step back. The alone The information we have about Trump’s health ahead of the annual White House medical examination comes in the form of a letter that his personal physician at the time said was dictated entirely by Trump. . And medical records that could shed light on Trump’s medical history have been confiscated by Trump associates.
Which sounds like the plot of a movie, not real life. But he is real life!
And Trump won’t win or lose the election because of it – although, for someone with such an opaque medical history, he certainly spends a lot of time attacking Biden’s physical and mental fitness to perform his duties.
But like much of Trump’s presidency, his approach to his health and medical history is deeply abnormal. And this should be noted.