White House staffers were following “standard operating procedure” when they seized Donald Trump’s medical records from the president’s former physician, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday.
“As is standard operating procedure for a new president, the White House medical unit took possession of the president’s medical records,” Sanders said at a White House press briefing.
Harold Bornstein, Trump’s New York doctor, alleged in an article published on Tuesday by NBC News that Keith Schiller, the former White House director of Oval Office operations and Trump’s longtime personal bodyguard, conducted a “raid” of Bornstein’s office in February 2017 to obtain the president’s medical records.
Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s chief legal officer, and another unidentified “large man” accompanied Schiller, Bornstein claimed.
Bornstein said the frightening episode, which lasted roughly half an hour, “created a lot of chaos” and left him feeling “raped, frightened and sad.”
Sanders told reporters that Bornstein’s characterization of the episode as a “raid” was inaccurate, but did not contradict the doctor’s account.
“It would be standard procedure for the newly elected president’s medical records to be in possession by the White House medical unit,” she said, “and that was what was taking place — is those records were being transferred over to the White House medical unit as requested.”