Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently brought attention to the issue of age and its relevance to the presidency when he stated, “The presidency is not a job for somebody that is pushing 80,” comparing his own youth to both Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, who turned 81 on Monday. This statement highlights concerns about the ages of those seeking or currently holding the position.
On Monday, the note released by Donald Trump’s campaign from his doctor, Dr. Bruce Aronwald, stated that Trump is in excellent health and his cognitive exams were exceptional. This comes after Trump’s recent verbal slips brought his age to the forefront. However, Aronwald’s letter failed to provide specific details about the tests taken or their results, making it less informative than previous medical statements about Trump’s health.
During his time in office, Trump received a glowing bill of health from Dr. Ronny Jackson, who praised Trump’s “good genes,” “excellent” cardiac health, and how he did “exceedingly well” on his cognitive test. Jackson also donated to Chris Christie’s 2015 presidential campaign, which could raise questions about any possible bias when attesting to Trump’s health.
Overall, while Aronwald’s letter provides some reassurance about Trump’s health status, it lacked specificity and transparency compared to previous medical statements about him. As such, there may be skepticism regarding the validity of this latest assessment.