Surely you recall the medical report that seemed quite elementary, braggadocios and sounded as if it was written by 45. Well, his former physician alleges that he did indeed dictate the letter. It read, “Mr. Trump has had a recent complete medical examination that showed only positive results,” that Trump’s blood work was “astonishingly excellent,” that “his physical strength and stamina are extraordinary,” and finally, that “if elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” Signed, “Donald J. Trump, I mean Harold Bornstein.
The White House of course is downplaying its role in this scandal. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “It would be standard procedure for the newly elected president’s medical records to be in possession by the White House medical unit, and that was what was taking place — is those records were being transferred over to the White House medical unit as requested.”
However, why didn’t they simply make the request in an orderly fashion. Well, perhaps since Bornstien committed a HIPAA laws when he told the New York Times Trump was taking medication to arrest his Propecia. Normally, they would have had to present Bornstein with a release form in which Trump authorized them to receive copies of his records, which they reportedly didn’t. They certainly wouldn’t be allowed to rifle through a doctor’s records and seize the originals, which is how Bornstein described what happened, calling it a “raid.” Still, while the White House could have just asked for a copy of Trump’s records to be sent over so that he could be properly treated by the White House medical unit, it’s understandably urgency was a priority. Sending a team of Secret Service Members to seize the original records over in New York is not reaching when you are the President, and your former physician has already so blatantly violated your trust. On its face, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), we are looking at an obvious violation.
The White House insists that this is no big deal. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “It would be standard procedure for the newly elected president’s medical records to be in possession by the White House medical unit, and that was what was taking place — is those records were being transferred over to the White House medical unit as requested.”