Donald Trump on the golf course (in May 2023)
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The physical and mental health of aging men has become a major issue in the 2024 presidential campaign. Donald Trump is leading the race for the Republican nomination. Joe Biden has announced that he will run for the Democratic nomination. Both are no longer the very youngest.
A doctor of former US President Trump has now reportedly certified the candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 to be in "excellent health". A letter released by Trump on Monday said he was in "excellent health" and would "continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle for many years to come."
The 77-year-old Trump published the note on his social media channel "Truth Social" on the day of President Joe Biden's 81st birthday.
Apart from trips to the golf course, however, not too much is known about Trump's active lifestyle. Since a recent visit to the court, a discussion has also flared up about the alleged weight of the Republican.
Plenty of questions about letters from the first election campaign
He has reduced that weight through better nutrition and daily exercise, wrote Bruce Aronwald, an osteopath from New Jersey. "His physical tests were normal and his cognitive tests were extraordinary." The letter did not provide further details.
PR stunts of this kind are not entirely new. Another of Trump's doctors, Harold Bornstein, who wrote a similar positive note in 2015, said Trump dictated the content. "He dictated the whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN in 2018.
Among other things, the letter had said that Trump would be the healthiest president of all time after his election. The letter was published by Trump's team during the December 2015 election campaign. The Republican had been elected president in 2016, but four years later it was not enough for a second term. Now Trump wants to return to the White House – despite considerable judicial problems.