Sick as Your Secrets: 5 Times Presidents Tried to Hide Their Health Conditions

Politicians lie. This is nothing new. But when presidents lie about something so fundamental as their health – which inevitably affects their ability to govern – it’s particularly harmful to the American public. We’ve all seen this firsthand over the past week with President Trump testing positive for coronavirus – and then putting on a tough-guy act and gaslighting the whole world about the severity of COVID-19 (which has killed over 1 million people, not that we’re counting…)

But Trump isn’t the first Commander-in-Chief to deceive the public about his wellbeing. Here are five times presidents tried to hide their health conditions. As previous presidents have shown, the truth comes out eventually. It’s only a matter of time.

Cover Photo: Win McNamee / Staff (Getty Images)

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