On Monday, the campaign of former President Donald Trump released a letter from his physician, Dr. Bruce Aronwald, stating that he is in “excellent” health and that his recent cognitive exams were “exceptional.” The letter was written by Dr. Aronwald, who has been Trump’s personal physician since 2021. This comes after Trump, who is 77 years old, made verbal slips that brought his age into focus.
In the letter, Dr. Aronwald writes that Trump’s most recent comprehensive examination was September 13, 2023 and that his cardiovascular studies are all normal and cancer screening tests were negative. Additionally, Dr. Aronwald notes that Trump has reduced his weight. However, the letter does not provide any specific information about the types of tests taken or their results. In 2015, similar letters written by Dr. Harold Bornstein were released by Trump’s campaign, but it was later revealed that Bornstein had dictated the letters to him and they were not entirely accurate.
During his time in office, Trump received a glowing bill of health from Dr. Ronny Jackson, who at the time was the presidential physician. Jackson praised Trump’s health during a briefing to the White House press corps in January 2018 and also highlighted how well he did on his cognitive test and how excellent his cardiac health is. It is worth noting that FEC filings show that Dr. Aronwald donated to Chris Christie’s 2015 presidential campaign.
It remains to be seen how this latest letter will impact Trump’s image among voters as he continues to push for a return to the presidency in 2024.