STAT Had a 3 Hour Interview With Trump’s Doctor, and Then He Wanted to Take It Back


STAT reporter Ike Swetlitz got some good quotes out of his three-hour interview with Dr. Harold Bornstein, Donald Trump‘s doctor. And if you recall the letter Dr. Bornstein wrote regarding Trump’s health back in December of 2015, you know good is an understatement inversely proportional to the hyperbole contained within Bornstein’s note, in which he concluded that the 70 year old would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

What did Swetlitz learn from their three-hour chat?

On how Bornstein would feel if Trump were to die in office:

It’s like all the rest of us, no? That’s why we have a vice president and a speaker of the House and a whole line of people. They can just keep dying.

On his initial response to STAT’s requests for an interview:

Please stop this nonsense!!!

On his feelings after the interview that he ultimately agreed to:

But five days after STAT’s visit to his office, in phone calls and text messages, Bornstein said he was angry and did not want the article or any photographs of him to be published.

“I happen to have known the Sulzbergers for 50 years,” Bornstein said in the second conversation, referring to the family that helms the New York Times. “I’m going to make sure you don’t ever work again if you do this.”

But Dr. Bornstein is a fascinating figure for more than his vacillation on going on the record, or substantial sweep of hair. Swetlitz, for example, details the doctor’s “reverse house calls,” in which patients come for visits at his home, often bearing gifts like cups of coffee and soup.

You can read the entire piece here.

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