Some medical professionals at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center were asked to sign nondisclosure agreements when President Donald Trump made a last-minute visit there last November, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The request caused consternation among some of the hospital staff, and more than one of the staff members who were asked to sign the NDA refused, the person said.
It wasn’t clear how many had refused and how many signed the documents. Trump has previously used NDAs to try to prevent leaks of damaging personal information.
NBC News first reported on the NDAs at Walter Reed.
In a statement, the White House said anyone treating Trump would already be obligated to confidentiality through existing rules but did not deny that NDAs had been requested.
“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,” deputy press secretary Judd Deere said.
Trump’s visit to Walter Reed on November 16, 2019, generated questions about the state of his health. It was not listed on his public schedule and reporters were summoned quickly to accompany him there. Instead of taking his Marine One helicopter, as he normally does when visiting Walter Reed, Trump rode in a motorcade.
The White House said the visit was meant to get a head start on his yearly physical, though it has never been revealed which procedures or tests he underwent there that could not be performed at the White House, which contains some medical facilities. All the White House said was Trump received a “quick exam and labs.”
The President remained at the hospital for more than two hours. After a weekend of speculation about the trip,