A recent statement from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has brought the issue of age in politics to the forefront, with him emphasizing that the presidency is not a job for someone pushing 80. His comments were made in comparison to both President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, who turned 81 on Monday. This follows a verbal slip by Trump that brought his age into focus.
Trump’s former personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, released a similar letter in 2015, while his current campaign released a note from Dr. Bruce Aronwald on Monday stating that Trump is in excellent health and his cognitive exams were exceptional. However, Aronwald’s letter did not provide specific details about the tests taken or their results, unlike past medical statements about Trump’s health.
During his time in the White House, Trump received a glowing bill of health from Dr. Ronny Jackson, who now serves as a congressman and one of Trump’s staunchest supporters. Jackson praised Trump’s “good genes,” “excellent” cardiac health, and how he performed “exceedingly well” on his cognitive test.
However, Aronwald also donated to Chris Christie’s 2015 presidential campaign, which raises questions about potential partiality when attesting to Trump’s health. This could create skepticism around the note provided by Aronwald.
Overall, these developments highlight the importance of transparency and specificity when it comes to discussing an individual’s health and qualifications for leadership roles such as president of the United States.