Donald Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, according to a tweet posted this evening – and then deleted – by Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald. He stated his belief that Trump is refusing to release anything about his medical records or history for fear that it could lead to this particular detail being uncovered from his past. But why did Eichenwald subsequently delete his tweet and then insist that his big Newsweek cover story coming out tomorrow is about a different topic?
Eichenwald’s original tweet said the following: “I believe Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, which is why he won’t release his medical records.” Rather than elaborating or providing evidence of this claim, he deleted his tweet – but not before it was screen capped by Rolling Stone writer Corbin Reiff, who asked Eichenwalkd to elaborate.
Eichenwald responded in a manner which made it sound like he only deleted the tweet because it was causing so much confusion about his upcoming story on another topic, which he’s been hyping for the past week. “Folks: I don’t have story coming out tomorrow that Trump had a breakdown. Order of tweets confused ppl I believe. Topic is other major thing.”
He also subsequently tweeted that “No one in the press even knows whether Trump has experienced a nervous breakdown or been institutionalized. We need medical records.” So it’s not immediately clear whether he was actually making the claim that Donald Trump had been institutionalized in the tweet which he deleted, or if he was merely trying to make a point about Trump’s lack of transparency. But he lated tweeted that “People were thinking that was my cover story for tomorrow I’ve been discussing, so deleted it to avoid confusion.”
In any case it’s still not clear what Kurt Eichenwald’s upcoming Newsweek cover story is actually about, though we’ll find out when it’s released tomorrow. As for his apparent claim that Trump was institutionalized, which again he has provided no evidence of, this story is still developing. If you enjoy Daily News Bin, consider making a contribution: