Harold Bornstein is famous for being Donald Trump’s doctor, and though he does have an office on the Upper East Side, Bornstein looks more like he should be peddling hot dogs outside Yankee stadium than writing prescriptions. He first stepped into the spotlight during December of 2015, when he penned a letter stating that Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency,” which, while an outrageous claim, is difficult to disprove. Who’s to say that the president-elect won’t be in better shape than rough-riding Teddy Roosevelt or cherry-tree-lumberjack George Washington?
In an interview with STAT News, Bornstein said that it “never occurred” to him that Trump would be the oldest president, saying, “Ronald Reagan had pre-senile dementia.” He also stated that he has not spoken with the president-elect since the election, and he was oddly nonchalant when confronted by the possibility that a health issue could arise, saying, “If something happens to him, then it happens to him […] That’s why we have a vice president and a whole line of people. They can just keep dying.”
STAT characterized Bornstein as an eccentric loner who despises the public eye. According to the website, their previous attempts at an interview were met with staunch refusal. The doctor also said that he has been harassed on the street and that his wife has stopped answering her phone as the result of “harassing phone calls,” but that will hopefully calm down soon, as Bornstein has no plans to follow Trump to the White House.