I felt “raped, frightened and sad” – Dr Harold Bornstein, former personal physician to Trump recalls after thes president’s men raided his office at 101 East 78th street office and carted away all of his former patient’s records
President Trump’s former New York doctor said he felt “raped, frightened and sad” when three Trump associates turned up at his office in February of last year and took all of the President’s medical records without warning.
Dr. Harold Bornstein in an interview with NBC recalled the morning of Feb. 3, 2017, when Trump Organization chief legal officer Alan Garten, Trump’s personal bodyguard Keith Schiller, and a third “large” man “raided” his office and took lab reports and Trump’s medical charts.
“They must have been here for 25 or 30 minutes,” Bornstein told NBC. “It created a lot chaos.”
Schiller, who left the White House in 2017, at the time was serving as the director of Oval Office operations.
The 70-year-old doctor said Schiller never offered an explanation, but noted the incident did occur just two days after he told the NYTimes he’d prescribed the President medication for hair growth.
Trump cut ties with Bornstein shortly after the article. He’d been the President’s personal doctor for more than 35 years.
“I couldn’t believe anybody was making a big deal out of a drug to grow his hair that seemed to be so important,” he told NBC.
“And it was certainly not a breach of medical trust to tell somebody they take Propecia to grow their hair. What’s the matter with that?”
Real estate developer Donald Trump [left]and his personal physician Harold Bornstein in a photo that used to hang in the doctor’s office. Bornstein whose dad had been Trump’s personal physician before him, said he was asked to take the photo down
The New York doctor also noted Schiller never provided a form authorizing the release of the records, signed by the President — which is a violation of patient privacy law.
Trump’s then-White House physician, Ronny Jackson, reportedly wrote a letter to Bornstein approving the records’ release.
Bornstein did not recall, whether there was a release form attached. A rather significant observation because while Admiral Ronny Jackson as the treating doctor, could ask for his patient’s paperwork, to ensure continuity of care, it has to be given in a secure fashion. Individuals who no not have HIPAA clearance are not supposed to can see the patient records.
Furthermore, patients by law generally own their medical information, but the original record is the property of the provider and New York state law requires that a doctor maintain records for at least six years.
Bornstein said he decided to speak out after seeing reports accusing Jackson of loosely prescribing pain medications while serving as the White House physician. “This is like a celebration for me,” said Bornstein.
Jackson, president Trump’s nominee to head the Veterans Affairs Department last week withdrew his nomination amid allegations, which also include inappropriate professional conduct and creating a hostile work environment. The Navy admiral has denied the allegations, but may have lost his position as the president’s personal physician in the process.
Bornstein, who has previously expressed interest in taking on the role of White House physician, gained national attention during the presidential campaign, when he wrote a letter released by the Trump Campaign in 2015 that declared “unequivocally” that candidate Trump would be the healthiest President ever.
He later admitted he wrote the infamous health report in just a few minutes while a limo sent by then-candidate Trump waited outside his office.
When NBC pressed him on why and how he could justify saying Trump would be the healthiest president ever, Bornstein responded: “I like that sentence to be quite honest with you and all the rest of them are either sick or dead.”