NEW YORK: GOP front-runner Donald Trump marked President Joe Biden’s 81st birthday on Monday (Nov 20) by releasing a letter from his physician that reports the former president is in “excellent” physical and mental health.
The letter posted on Trump’s social media platform contained no details to support its claims – measures like weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, or the results of any test. Dr Bruce A Aronwald, a New Jersey physician who says he has been Trump’s doctor since 2021 and most recently examined him in September, reported that Trump’s “physical exams were well within the normal range and his cognitive exams were exceptional”.
He added that Trump’s most recent lab results were “even more favorable than prior testing on some of the most significant parameters” thanks to recent weight loss he credited to “improved diet and continued daily physical exercise while maintaining a rigorous schedule.”
The doctor concluded the 77-year-old is “currently in excellent health” and “will continue to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle for years to come”.
The report comes as age has emerged as a key issue of the 2024 election, which could find Trump and Biden, the country’s oldest president, facing off once again.
While Trump isn’t all that much younger than Biden, polls consistently find that Americans view age as more of a liability for the president. An August poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 77 per cent of US adults, including 69 per cent of Democrats, viewed Biden as too old to be effective for four more years, while only 51 per cent of adults – and just 28 per cent of Republicans – said the same about Trump.
Still, Trump’s rivals have tried to highlight his age by pointing attention to his own recent flubs, including mixing up the city and state where he was campaigning.
“The presidency is not a job for somebody that’s pushing 80 years old,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, one of Trump’s rivals, said on CNN Sunday, casting himself as a man “in the prime of my life.”
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