Trump’s doctor: Trump ‘will be healthiest individual ever elected’ president

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.

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Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns

Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns

Long time Coming by most peoples account, but is this where the story really ends or is Flynn just the fall guy in this instance?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. His departure upends Trump’s senior team after less than one month in office.

In a resignation letter, Flynn said he held numerous calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition and gave “incomplete information” about those discussions to Vice President Mike Pence. The vice president, apparently relying on information from Flynn, initially said the national security adviser had not discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy, though Flynn later conceded the issue may have come up.

Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser. Kellogg had previously been appointed the National Security Council chief of staff and advised Trump on national security issues during the campaign.

The Justice Department warned the Trump administration weeks ago that contradictions between the public depictions and the actual details of the calls could leave Flynn in a compromised position, an administration official and two other people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press Monday night.

One person with knowledge of the situation said the Justice Department alerted the White House that there was a discrepancy between what officials were saying publicly about the contacts and the facts of what had occurred. Pence — apparently relying on information from Flynn — initially said sanctions were not discussed in the calls, though Flynn has now told White House officials that the topic may have come up.

A second official said the Justice Department was concerned Flynn could be in a compromised position as a result.

The White House has been aware of the Justice Department warnings for “weeks,” an administration official said, though it was unclear whether Trump and Pence had been alerted.

The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The Washington Post was the first to report the communication between the Justice Department, including former acting attorney general Sally Yates, and the Trump administration.

Flynn apologized to Pence last week, following a Washington Post report asserting that the national security adviser has indeed discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump was consulting with Pence on Monday about his conversations with the national security adviser. Asked whether the president had been aware that Flynn might discuss sanctions with the Russian envoy, Spicer said, “No, absolutely not.”

Trump, who comments on a steady stream of issues on his Twitter feed, has been conspicuously silent about the matter since The Washington Post reported last week that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy. A U.S. official told The Associated Press that Flynn was in frequent contact with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russia for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition.

Flynn’s discussions with the Russian raised questions about whether Flynn offered assurances about the incoming administration’s new approach. Such conversations would breach diplomatic protocol and possibly violate the Logan Act, a law aimed at keeping citizens from conducting diplomacy.

Earlier Monday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump had “full confidence” in Flynn, though her assertions were not backed up by other senior Trump aides. Spicer would say only that Flynn was continuing to carry out “his daily functions.”

Flynn was spotted near the Oval Office just after 10 p.m. Monday. Amid the uncertainty over Flynn’s future, several of the president’s top advisers, including chief of staff Reince Priebus and counsel Don McGahn, ducked in and out of late-night meetings in the West Wing.

Several House Democrats called on Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, to launch an investigation into Flynn’s ties to Russia. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called for Flynn to be fired, saying he “cannot be trusted not to put Putin before America.”

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said that if Pence were misled, “I can’t imagine he would have trust in Gen. Flynn going forward.” She said it would also be “troubling” if Flynn had been negotiating with a foreign government before taking office.

It’s illegal for private citizens to conduct U.S. diplomacy. Flynn’s conversations also raise questions about Trump’s friendly posture toward Russia after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow hacked Democratic emails during the election.

The controversy comes as Trump and his top advisers seek to steady the White House after a rocky start. The president, who seeks input from a wide range of business associates, friends and colleagues, has been asking people their opinions on his senior team, including Spicer and Priebus.

Advisers have privately conceded that the White House spit out too many disparate messages in the first few weeks, though they also note that the president’s own tweets sometimes muddy the day’s plans before most of the White House staff has arrived for work.

Trump voiced support for Priebus Monday, saying the chief of staff was doing, “not a good job, a great job.” But he did not make a similar show of support for his national security adviser.

Flynn sat in the front row of Trump’s news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier Monday. The president did not receive a question about Flynn’s future from the two reporters who were called upon, and he ignored journalists’ shouted follow-up inquiries as he left the room.

Over the weekend, Trump told associates he was troubled by the situation, but did not say whether he planned to ask Flynn to step down, according to a person who spoke with him recently. Flynn was a loyal Trump supporter during the campaign, but he is viewed skeptically by some in the administration’s national security circles, in part because of his ties to Russia.

In 2015, Flynn was paid to attend a gala dinner for Russia Today, a Kremlin-backed television station, and sat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the event.

Flynn spoke with the vice president about the matter twice on Friday, according to an administration official. The official said Pence was relying on information from Flynn when he went on television and denied that sanctions were discussed with Kislyak.

The administration officials and those who spoke with the president recently were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and insisted on anonymity.

The controversy surrounding Flynn comes as the young administration grapples with a series of national security challenges, including North Korea’s reported ballistic missile launch. The president, who was joined at his Mar-a-Lago estate by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the weekend, voiced solidarity with Japan.

The White House is also dealing with fallout from the rocky rollout of Trump’s immigration executive order, which has been blocked by the courts. The order was intended to suspend the nation’s refugee program and bar citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.


Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Catherine Lucey and Matthew Daly in Washington and Jonathan Lemire in New York contributed to this report.


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