The recent verbal slips of former President Donald Trump have led to concerns about his age, prompting his campaign to release a letter from his doctor, Dr. Bruce Aronwald, stating that he is in excellent health and his cognitive exams were exceptional. This comes after Dr. Harold Bornstein, Trump’s former personal physician, also released a similar letter in 2015.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently emphasized the concerns about the ages of those seeking or currently holding the presidency when he said, “The presidency is not a job for somebody that is pushing 80.” This statement compared DeSantis’ youth to both Trump and President Joe Biden, who turned 81 on Monday.
In contrast to previous medical statements about Trump’s health, Aronwald’s letter provided only general claims about Trump’s well-being without including specific details such as the tests taken or their results. The letter omitted basic information such as Trump’s height and weight. During his tenure in the White House, Trump received a glowing bill of health from Dr. Ronny Jackson, who praised him for his “good genes,” “excellent” cardiac health, and how he did “exceedingly well” on his cognitive test.
It is worth noting that Aronwald donated to Chris Christie’s 2015 presidential campaign according to FEC filings which suggests possible partiality when attesting to Trump’s health. This could create skepticism about the note he provided.
Overall, while Aronwald’s letter states that Trump is in excellent health and has passed cognitive examinations with flying colors; it lacked specific details making it seem vague and unconvincing.