Trump’s doctor: Trump ‘will be healthiest individual ever elected’ president
By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Story highlights Donald Trump’s doctor said Monday the mogul ‘will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency’ Trump has also never suffered from any cancer and, according to his doctor, has had only one surgery in his life: an appendectomy when he was 10. Washington (CNN)Donald Trump on Monday released a letter from his physician stating that the 69-year-old Republican presidential candidate’s latest medical examination “showed only positive results.” Trump’s physician of 25 years, Dr. Harold Bornstein, said Trump “has had no significant medical problems” and called the candidate’s blood pressure and lab results “astonishingly excellent” in a signed statement Trump released publicly on Monday. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” Bornstein, an internal medicine and gastroenterology specialist who works at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, wrote in the letter dated December 4. 16
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Donald Trump’s empire Real estate developer and entrepreneur Donald Trump has been in the spotlight for years. From producing and starring in TV shows to campaigning for the U.S. presidency, see how he’s shaped his empire.
Donald Trump’s empire Trump stands with Alfred Eisenpreis, New York’s economic development administrator, in 1976 while they look at a sketch of a new 1,400-room renovation project of the Commodore Hotel. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, Trump worked with his father on developments in Queens and Brooklyn before purchasing or building multiple properties in New York and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Those properties included Trump Tower in New York and Trump Plaza and multiple casinos in Atlantic City.
Donald Trump’s empire Trump was married to Ivana Zelnicek Trump from 1977-1990, when they divorced. They had three children together. Hide Caption 3 of 16 16 photos: Donald Trump’s empire Trump dips his second wife, Marla Maples, after the couple married in a private ceremony in New York in December 1993. The couple divorced in 1999.
The show launched in January of that year. In January 2008, the show returned as “Celebrity Apprentice.” Hide Caption 5 of 16 16 photos: Donald Trump’s empire A 12-inch talking Trump doll is on display at a toy store in New York in September 2004.
Donald Trump’s empire Trump wrestles with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at WrestleMania in 2007. Trump has close ties with the WWE and its CEO, Vince McMahon.
Donald Trump’s empire Trump attends the U.S. Open tennis tournament with his third wife, Melania Knauss-Trump, and their son, Barron William Trump, in 2006. Trump and Knauss married in 2005. Trump has five children from three marriages.
He has published 16 books, according to his website.
Days later, Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy. Hide Caption 11 of 16 16 photos: Donald Trump’s empire A supporter comes out for Trump at a tea party event in Boca Raton, Florida, in April 2011. Trump said he had considered running for President in 2012.
In May 2012, on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Trump said that President Barack Obama’s birthplace is a matter of opinion. In regards to the President’s Hawaiian birth certificate, Trump said “a lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate.” Hide Caption 13 of 16 16 photos: Donald Trump’s empire Trump speaks in Sarasota, Florida, after accepting the Statesman of the Year Award at the Sarasota GOP dinner in August 2012. It was just before the Republican National Convention in nearby Tampa.
Trump has been executive producer of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants since 1996.
On June 16, Trump announces that he is running for President during a speech from Trump Tower in New York. He said he will give up the show “The Apprentice” to run. His recent comments on undocumented immigrants from Mexico has led to Univision deciding not to air the Miss Universe pageant, which is co-owned by Trump and NBCUniversal. Within days, NBCUniversal and Macy’s also cut ties.
Bornstein is not believed to have evaluated any past presidents. Trump’s blood pressure is 110/65, according to Bornstein, a better than average reading. Normal blood pressure for a healthy adult is 120/80. Read More Trump has also never suffered from any cancer and, according to his doctor, has had only one surgery in his life: an appendectomy when he was 10. The doctor also declared Trump’s cardiovascular health to be “excellent.” Jimmy Carter is ‘cancer free’: Miracle or just science? While Trump boasts of never drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco, the candidate’s health has come under scrutiny given the candidate’s self-avowed lack of an exercise routine and his indulging diet, which he has said often includes fatty and cholesterol-heavy foods. “I eat what I like,” Trump said in a November interview with Bloomberg Politics. The doctor’s note is reminiscent of Trump’s own boastful nature on the campaign trail.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office, U.S. presidents: Ailing in office John Adams 1797-1801 A study by Duke psychiatrists found John Adams would have been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office William Henry Harrison, March-April 1841 William Henry Harrison battled with dyspepsia and indigestion. Before he had been in office a month, he caught a cold that developed into pneumonia. On April 4, 1841, he became the first president to die while in office.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Abraham Lincoln, 1860-1865 Abraham Lincoln is widely thought to have suffered from depression.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877 The study by Duke psychiatrists found Ulysses S. Grant would have been diagnosed as an alcoholic with social phobias.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Chester Arthur, 1881-1885 Chester Arthur was diagnosed with Bright’s disease, a fatal kidney condition, after a year in office. He did not seek a second term and died less than two years after leaving office.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889 and 1893-1897 Grover Cleveland suffered from obesity and gout and was treated for cancer in his jaw while in office. “President Cleveland was one of the most compelling stories of concealment in the high office,” said Jerrold Post, professor emeritus of psychiatry, political psychology and international affairs at George Washington University. “He was brushing his teeth one day and found a lump on roof of the mouth. Instead of telling the public, he smuggled his dentist, head and neck surgeon and surgical team onto a pleasure yacht, where they removed the roof of his mouth to get rid of the carcinoma. He emerged a week later complaining of a toothache.”
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909 Theodore Roosevelt suffered from asthma and was blind in one eye as the result of a boxing injury in 1905. He was also deaf in one ear. The 2006 study by Duke psychiatrists applied today’s diagnostic criteria to historical records and found Roosevelt would have been diagnosed with bipolar.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921 Woodrow Wilson had a debilitating stroke in 1919 that left him partially paralyzed while in office. According to Jerrold Post, Wilson had suffered several strokes while he served as president of Princeton but never revealed his medical history to voters. While in office, “he suffered a massive stroke, but they concealed it and just said he was under the weather and no one was informed,” Post said.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was paralyzed in both legs, likely as a result of polio that struck when he was 39. But it was the cover-up of his advanced heart disease and elevated blood pressure when he ran for his fourth term that historians question. FDR died just a few months after that election.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered from ongoing gastrointestinal problems. He was later diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
14 photos: U.S. presidents: Ailing in office John F. Kennedy 1961-1963 John F. Kennedy “probably had more diseases than any of the other presidents,” said George Annas, chairman of the department of health law, bioethics and human rights at Boston University School of Public Health. Kennedy took office suffering from hypothyroidism, back pain and Addison’s disease and was on a daily dose of steroids and other drugs.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Lyndon Baines Johnson 1963-1969 Lyndon Johnson had serious heart disease, which he often concealed, during his years in the Senate and White House, and it was his failing health that kept him from running against Nixon in 1968. Thestudy by Duke psychiatrists also found that Johnson would have been diagnosed as bipolar.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office Ronald Reagan 1981-1989 Ronald Reagan had a cancerous tumor and two feet of his colon removed in 1985, but it was his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s following his presidency that have many wondering whether his performance in office was affected.
U.S. presidents: Ailing in office George H. W. Bush 1989-1993 George H. W. Bush was diagnosed with Grave’s disease while in office. According to former White House physician Connie Mariano, “There was some question when he had hyperthyroidism, Grave’s disease, around the time of the Gulf War. Did that make him more hyper and aggressive? Did it affect his memory, his ability to focus? It’s hard to say.”
It notes that Trump’s “physical strength and stamina are extraordinary,” a point Trump himself has brought up as he has knocked Democratic front-runnerHillary Clinton for lacking “the strength or stamina” to be president. Trump himself once again touted his “stamina” in a statement accompanying the positive bill of health. “People have been impressed by my stamina, but to me it has been easy because I am truly doing something that I love. Our country will soon be better and stronger than ever before,” Trump said in the statement. How old is too old to be president? Trump also touted his “great genes,” noting that his parents “had very long and productive lives.” Trump would become the oldest U.S. president in history if elected, claiming the mantle from President Ronald Reagan, who was inaugurated at age 69.