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    Trump Required Walter Reed Doctors, Staff to Sign NDAs During Mysterious 2019 Visit – Report


    US President Donald Trump required personnel at the Walter Reed National Medical Center to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) in 2019 before agreeing to receive treatment at the facility, four people familiar with the process recently told NBC News.

    During a surprise trip to the medical center on November 16, 2019, Trump requested that both physicians and nonmedical staff, which included active-duty military service members, sign NDAs, the sources told NBC. At least two doctors at the facility reportedly refused to sign the NDAs and thus were not allowed to be involved in the president's care, the sources said.

    “Anticipating a very busy 2020, the president is taking advantage of a free weekend here in Washington, DC, to begin portions of his routine annual physical exam at Walter Reed,” Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary at the time, said in a statement, reported in November 2019. 

    Unlike the president's 2017 and 2018 annual physicals, the facility did not receive notice in advance about the president's visit in November 2019, raising questions about its purpose.

    However, the sources that recently spoke to NBC are not aware whether Trump's most recent visit to the facility, following the president's positive -19 test, involved staff members that had signed NDAs.

    “Any physician caring for the President is bound by patient-physician confidentiality guaranteed under HIPAA, and I'm not going to…

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