Donald Trump is ditching the spray tan, M&M’s, and even …

Posted: April 21, 2021 at 9:39 am

The spray tan is gone, and the suntan is on. The bleached highlights are out, and the gray is growing in.

Some of former President Donald Trump's extra weight is off, too, thanks to better eating habits and a near-religious regimen of daily golf in the Florida sunshine.

"He has lost 15 pounds since he left the White House," said one Trump advisor who spoke with the former president about his health recently.

The advisor added, "The secret to his success is a little bit of golf and a whole lot of endorsements" a reference to the stamps of political approval that the former president has recently bestowed on a string of supportive Republicans.

The weight loss is no small feat for a 74-year-old man whose June physical-exam report pegged his poundage at 244 over the clinical threshold for obesity.

Other advisors who have met recently with Trump told Insider the former president looks happier, healthier, and even svelte relatively speaking since leaving Washington in January under the cloud of a second impeachment trial.

"He was eating all those M&M's on [Air Force One] all the time," said one advisor who's watched Trump trim down since leaving Washington. "He's a big man with a big frame, and he's lost a lot of weight. I can't tell you how much, but it's a lot. You can see it in his suits."

A former advisor, who met with Trump last week during a spate of dinner meetings and fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago, said Trump looked like he had lost 20 pounds.

"When I saw him, he looked healthier and in better physical condition than I had seen him in a long time," said a third advisor who visited Trump recently.

A slimmer Trump has Republicans wondering if the former president is already plotting a serious run for the White House again in 2024 something he and his advisors continue to mull, with little impetus to make a firm decision before the 2022 elections.

"I think there's an extra 10% to 15% chance he runs if he lost 20 pounds," one veteran Republican strategist told Insider.

None of the advisors or Republican strategists who spoke with Insider for this story said that Trump had surgery or other special weight-loss procedures to lose the weight. They attributed the weight loss to golf, regular meals, and Florida sunshine. (The advisors did not say, to a pound, how much Trump now weighs.)

President Donald Trump prior to his Marine One departure from the South Lawn of the White House on July 29. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Trump has closely guarded details about his health for years.

He routinely projected strength and vitality as a businessman and entertainer, even grappling on the ground with Vince McMahon the husband of Linda McMahon, who went on to head Trump's Small Business Administration during a World Wrestling Entertainment show in 2007. He's also harbored unconventional views about exercise.

Even as Trump and his former physicians promised he was a paragon of health, Trump's own aides detailed a junk-food diet that would give almost anyone the dreaded COVID-15.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, his aides rushed to grocery stores to pick up Oreos, Diet Cokes, and other junk food. As he lived the campaign life, he packed on the pounds like many other veterans of presidential slogs.

Trump's semi-official McDonald's order of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, and a chocolate milkshake rivaled the menu of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

But the official word from Trump's doctors was that he remained in peak physical condition.

In 2016, Trump's former physician, Harold Bornstein, drafted a doctor's note attesting to Trump's "extraordinary" physical condition. The note didn't sound as though it had been written by a physician, and two years later, Bornstein said that Trump had dictated the note to him and that he had falsely claimed it as his own.

In January 2018, the White House physician at the time, Ronny Jackson, delivered a positively glowing assessment of Trump's health. A few months later, Trump nominated Jackson to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. And when Jackson ran for Congress last year, Trump supported his bid.

Trump has stoked fears about his health before. His halting walk down a ramp last June and his awkwardness taking drinks of water led to extensive questions about his health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also led reporters and others to recall the many unsubstantiated attacks Trump launched against his 2016 presidential opponents, such as mocking Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for drinking water awkwardly and insinuating that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was hiding a disease or ailment.

And after playing with fire throughout the pandemic, such as attending campaign events with few safety protocols and turning the White House itself into a coronavirus hot spot, Trump eventually caught the coronavirus himself.

Trump was hospitalized and almost placed on a ventilator, despite assurances his symptoms were mild.

Trump left Washington three months ago under a truly historic cloud of darkness.

His January 6 rally, during which he pushed the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, spurred many of his supporters there to attack the Capitol while members of Congress certified electoral votes that declared Democrat Joe Biden president.

A week later, the Democrat-led House impeached Trump for a second time, charging him with inciting the January 6 attack. Detractors said Trump had become hazardous to the health of democracy.

On January 20, Trump left Washington at a sparsely attended and decidedly low-energy ceremony at Joint Base Andrews.

But if there is a silver lining for Trump, it's that leaving Washington gave him some rest and something close to normalcy.

Trump has been golfing even more than when he was president, a stark tally that The Washington Post counted as 261 rounds played over his four years in office.

Trump's sense of humor, meanwhile, has emerged in a way that was rarely present in the White House, advisors told Insider.

Advisors also said Trump's forced departure from Twitter and Facebook, immediately after the January 6 attack on the Capitol, has eased his mind and curbed his middle-of-the-night tweet rages.

"The president is feeling great, Mar-a-Lago guests frequently comment about how good he's looking over these last couple of months, and he feels great as well," said the advisor who spoke with Trump recently about his health. "I think there's something to be said about no longer having the weight of the free world on your shoulders."

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