“He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter; I just made it up as I went along.”
In what appears to be some sort of low-rent Watergate scandal, Dr. Harold Bornstein, President Trump’s former long-time physician, claims that his office was raided by the president’s associates in 2017.
In February 2017, Bornstein told The New York Times that the president takes Propecia (a prostate cancer drug) to promote hair growth, as well as “antibiotics to control rosacea, a common skin problem, and a statin for elevated blood cholesterol and lipids.”
According to Bornstein, a few days later, Trump’s then-bodyguard Keith Schiller – along with a top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man – robbed his office and “stole” his medical records. “They must have been here for 25 minutes or 30 minutes. It created a lot of chaos,” he told CNN, later saying he felt, “raped, frightened, and sad.”
EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Harold Bornstein, who served as Donald Trump's physician for more than three decades, says Trump dictated the glowing health letter in 2015 https://t.co/07RT1T6D4ypic.twitter.com/IQT8OKuQwA— CNN (@CNN) May 1, 2018\n
It’s unclear whether the raid was retaliation for Bornstein’s admission that the president takes a baldness drug.
The White House has denied that it was a raid. “As is standard operating procedure, the White House Medical Unit took possession of the president’s medical records,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
Bornstein first made headlines in December 2015 after he released a letter describing Trump’s health. The glowing letter sounded like it could’ve been written by Kim Jong Un’s press agent. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” the letter read, adding that his tests yielded “only positive results.”
In an interview with CNN, Bornstein now says that the letter was written by Trump. “He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter,” Bornstein said, “I just made it up as I went along.” He also gave a bizarre explanation for why he blatantly mislead the public: “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.”
Given Bornstein’s admission of signing off on a misleading picture of Trump’s health, as well as the White House’s history of being reckless with the truth, it’s hard to know who’s being honest here. However, it paints a rather damning picture of the president who built a team where no one can be trusted.