Doctor who signed Trump health letter said he wrote it in 5 minutes

The doctor's letter that stated Donald Trump would be the healthiest president ever was written in five minutes, says the physician who penned it.

Dr. Harold Bornstein says he's been Trump's personal physician since 1980.

Politico:

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency," reads the letter, which is dated Dec. 4, 2015, and was released by the Trump campaign days later. The letter also says that Trump's blood pressure and lab results were "astonishingly excellent" and that "[h]is physical strength and stamina are extraordinary."

In his NBC interview Friday, Bornstein stood by that assessment.

"His health is excellent, especially his mental health. He thinks he's the best, which works out just fine," he said.

He added, "I think he would be fit because, I think his brain is turned on 24 hours a day."

Bornstein is a gastroenterologist based at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, about a mile from Trump Tower. He is a certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, according to his website, which does not list a license to practice psychology or psychiatry.

Ten days before the letter's release, Trump tweeted, "I have instructed my long-term doctor to issue, within two weeks, a full medical report-it will show perfection."

But the letter, just 14 sentences long, hardly constitutes a "full medical report" of the kind that past presidential nominees have released. It also contains several errors: It begins "To Whom My Concerns," and says that Bornstein's most recent medical examination of Trump "showed only positive results" -- medical terminology that usually indicates confirmation of a certain condition.

Bornstein explained that he didn’t have time to write the letter until the limo was arriving at his office, and didn’t proofread it before he sent it off.

"I thought about it all day and at the end, I get rushed and I get anxious when I get rushed. So I try to get four or five lines down as fast as possible so that they would be happy," he told NBC News.

As for the letter's purple, Trump-like prose, "I think I picked up his kind of language and then just interpreted it to my own," he said.

If he's known Trump that long, he probably knows what he's talking about.  But the letter suggests that there was an examination of some kind with lab tests, blood pressure taken, and an evaluation of the candidate's overall health.  This didn't happen, which opens the question of why Trump would try to pass this campaign fluff piece off as a legitimate medical report.

The revelation also undermines any attack on Hillary Clinton's health.  While it's likely that Clinton's doctor isn't any more honest than Trump's physician, the full, detailed charts were released.

Trump is not Superman, but for a man his age, he appears to be in reasonably good health.  Why he felt he had to get his doctor to lie for him is a question we're likely never to get an answer to.

The doctor's letter that stated Donald Trump would be the healthiest president ever was written in five minutes, says the physician who penned it.

Dr. Harold Bornstein says he's been Trump's personal physician since 1980.

Politico:

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency," reads the letter, which is dated Dec. 4, 2015, and was released by the Trump campaign days later. The letter also says that Trump's blood pressure and lab results were "astonishingly excellent" and that "[h]is physical strength and stamina are extraordinary."

In his NBC interview Friday, Bornstein stood by that assessment.

"His health is excellent, especially his mental health. He thinks he's the best, which works out just fine," he said.

He added, "I think he would be fit because, I think his brain is turned on 24 hours a day."

Bornstein is a gastroenterologist based at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, about a mile from Trump Tower. He is a certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, according to his website, which does not list a license to practice psychology or psychiatry.

Ten days before the letter's release, Trump tweeted, "I have instructed my long-term doctor to issue, within two weeks, a full medical report-it will show perfection."

But the letter, just 14 sentences long, hardly constitutes a "full medical report" of the kind that past presidential nominees have released. It also contains several errors: It begins "To Whom My Concerns," and says that Bornstein's most recent medical examination of Trump "showed only positive results" -- medical terminology that usually indicates confirmation of a certain condition.

Bornstein explained that he didn’t have time to write the letter until the limo was arriving at his office, and didn’t proofread it before he sent it off.

"I thought about it all day and at the end, I get rushed and I get anxious when I get rushed. So I try to get four or five lines down as fast as possible so that they would be happy," he told NBC News.

As for the letter's purple, Trump-like prose, "I think I picked up his kind of language and then just interpreted it to my own," he said.

If he's known Trump that long, he probably knows what he's talking about.  But the letter suggests that there was an examination of some kind with lab tests, blood pressure taken, and an evaluation of the candidate's overall health.  This didn't happen, which opens the question of why Trump would try to pass this campaign fluff piece off as a legitimate medical report.

The revelation also undermines any attack on Hillary Clinton's health.  While it's likely that Clinton's doctor isn't any more honest than Trump's physician, the full, detailed charts were released.

Trump is not Superman, but for a man his age, he appears to be in reasonably good health.  Why he felt he had to get his doctor to lie for him is a question we're likely never to get an answer to.