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Trump's Doctor Wrote Health Letter in a Mere Five Minutes


"His health is excellent, especially his mental health."

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Donald Trump's doctor said Friday he wrote the Republican presidential nominee's famous health letter in a mere five minutes.

Dr. Harold Bornstein, who has been Trump's personal physician for 35 years, told NBC News he stands by the glowing letter he wrote as a limo sent by Trump waited outside his office to collect the document.

"If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency," the Dec. 4, 2015, letter reads, adding Trump's blood pressure and lab results are "astonishingly excellent" and his "physical strength and stamina are extraordinary."

"His health is excellent, especially his mental health," Bornstein told NBC. "He thinks he's the best, which works out just fine."

The four-paragraph document has made headlines again recently after Trump supporters have called Hillary Clinton's health into question. The Democratic nominee's campaign has released a two-page report in which her doctor says she has no serious health issues.

Bornstein, a gastroenterologist based at Lenox Hill Hospital, said past presidents have suffered from dementia, tumors and even suggested past office holders were "paranoid" or "psychotic." He offered no specific examples.

As for the style of the letter, the doctor said he would not typically use such intense language, but suggested he made an exception for Trump, given his frequent use of bold verbiage.

"I think I picked up his kind of language and then just interpreted it to my own," Bornstein said.

He told NBC that after he was asked to write the letter he thought about it all day, but did not type it until the last few minutes as the limo pulled up. The letter was not proofread.

But Bornstein seemed to tone down some of his over-the-top language Friday.

"I don't think he's in any better or worse than the average person that goes and exercises every single day," he said. "Doesn't smoke, doesn't drink — and that's simply the best advantage you can have to live — and he's got a good family history."

Two weeks before the letter was released, Trump promised "a full medical report" that would "show perfection."

Bornstein said he like Trump "because I think he likes me."

Earlier this month, the Clinton campaign slammed questions into the former secretary of state's health as peddling "deranged conspiracy theories."

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