There is a reason why we have not received the truth on Trump’s mysterious visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Nov. 16, 2019, and his current bout with the deadly Coronavirus, he required personnel to sign non-disclosure agreements according to NBC News.
Anyone providing medical services to the president — or any other American — is automatically prohibited by federal law from disclosing the patient’s personal health information without consent. The existing legal protection for all patients under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, raises the question of why Trump would insist that staff members at Walter Reed sign NDAs.
“Any physician caring for the President is bound by patient physician confidentiality guaranteed under HIPAA, and I’m not going to comment on internal procedures beyond that,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.
In addition, all personnel assigned to the White House Medical Unit, which treats the president and the vice president day to day, are required to have special “Yankee White” security clearance. To obtain the clearance, they must be U.S. citizens and undergo extensive background checks.