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Trump has often, as Politico notes, “striven to project an image of physical vitality” and “ridiculed the vitality of his opponents.” (He once described Jeb Bush as “low energy” and claimed Hillary Clinton lacked “the stamina” to serve as president.)

In December 2015, Trump’s personal physician, Harold Bornstein, released a letter praising Trump for “extraordinary” physical strength and stamina.

“His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary,” he wrote in the letter. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

The letter didn’t offer much in the way of medical evidence, only citing a blood pressure of 110/65, and claiming that Trump had not only lost 15 pounds in the preceding year but that his cardiovascular health was “excellent.”

Bornstein later admitted Trump had dictated the letter’s contents.

“He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter,” Bornstein told CNN last year. “I just made it up as I went along.”

 

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