By Bonnie K. Goodman
After Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had hidden her pneumonia diagnosis from the public, Republican nominee Donald Trump decided to disclose on television the report for his latest physical exam. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, Trump taped an appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show” hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz where he gave Oz a two-page summary of his physical results, proving the 70-year-old is healthy. The GOP nominee taped the show earlier in the day where the media was excluded, the news of Trump releasing the summary was meant to be a surprise for when the show aired later in the day, however, slowly information leaked throughout the day.
In a clip teasing the episode, Oz asked the GOP nominee, “If your health is as strong as it seems from your review of systems, why not share your medical records?” Trump responds with a question, “I have really no problem in doing it. I have it right here. Should I do it?” Then the nominee takes out the two pages and gives them to Oz. Dr. Harold N. Bornstein conducted Trump’s physical, he is the same doctor that claimed in a short letter that “if elected Trump would be the healthiest president in history.”
The nominee’s health has been the forefront story after Clinton collapsed as she was leaving the 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday. The Clinton campaign later announced Clinton’s was sick because of pneumonia, which was diagnosed on Friday. Clinton faced a backlash for keeping the information a secret from not only Republicans but also the media and Democrats who called her to release more information about her health.
Both Clinton and Trump released short letters about their health, but speculation has run rampant because of Clinton’s recent slipping and coughing fits. Clinton at nearly 69 and Trump at 70, they are the oldest candidates combined running for the presidency. Trump releasing the results of his recent physical exam is an attempt to show that he is more transparent than Clinton.
Although the letter was not read, Dr. Oz was impressed by Trump’s report. Oz commented, “If a patient of mine had these records, I’d be really happy and I’d send them on their way.” The doctor and TV host added, “I must say, I would have shared this earlier, why didn’t you blast this out?” The GOP nominee responded, “I didn’t think it was necessary. The public’s known me for a long time, they’ve never seen me in the hospital. The one thing is, if I’m in the hospital, it’s going to be out there big league.”
The GOP nominee has been taking a statin, to lower his cholesterol, he is also 6-foot-2 and weighs 267 pounds, and is considers overweight based on body mass index. Trump said he would like to lose 15 pounds. He knows he is overweight because he has a penchant for fast food, because he knows their ingredients, and considers his energetic campaign rallies as exercise.
During the one-hour, show Trump discussed other health related issues including the Zika virus and his childcare policies, where his daughter Ivanka joined him. Trump scheduled the show the week before, and it was not a reaction to Clinton’s collapse. Dr. Oz is a Republican, and the show has a primarily female audience making it the perfect venue for Trump to reach women voters on a sympathetic platform.