Dr Harold Bornstein, Donald Trump’s long-time personal physician who made headlines by declaring his patient “the healthiest person ever to be elected president”, died on January 8.
His death was announced today in a paid notice in The New York Times. Neither the cause nor the place of death has been specified.
Brief media sensation in December 2015, the long-haired gastroenterologist became the target of late-night monologues after he published a ridiculously vague and adulatory four-paragraph report that described Trump’s medical lab results as “surprisingly excellent.” .
“If elected,” Bornstein wrote in the statement, “Mr. Trump, I can unequivocally say, will be the healthiest person ever to be elected president.
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Bornstein was Trump’s personal physician from 1980 to 2017. His time with the president ended badly when he told the New York Times that Trump had prescriptions for the hair growth drug Propecia, as well as antibiotics for rosacea and a statin for cholesterol. The Upper East Side doctor’s office was quickly visited by a Trump bodyguard, a lawyer for the Trump organization and an unidentified third man, with the three men confiscating all medical records of Trump.
In an interview with NBC News, Bornstein called the raid “chaos”, adding that he felt “violated”.
“I feel raped – that’s how I feel,” Bornstein said in the interview. “Raped, scared and sad. I couldn’t believe anyone was making such a big deal out of a drug to grow their hair that seemed to be so important. And it is certainly not a violation of medical confidence to tell someone that they are taking Propecia to grow their hair. What’s the deal with that?
A year after the 2017 incident, Bornstein admitted the obvious: the “surprisingly excellent” medical report was written by Trump himself. “He dictated this whole letter,” Bronstein told CNN.
Bornstein, a resident of Scarsdale, New York, is survived by his wife Melissa Brown, daughter Alix and sons Robyn, Joseph, Jeremee and Jackson. A private service for family and friends is provided. “Dr. Bornstein was a force of nature who brought joy to his family, friends and everyone he met in life, ”says the obituary,“ and continues to do so in memory ”.