The TV appearance might give the appearance of transparency, but the summary by Bornstein will likely fall far short of experts’ calls for detailed information about Trump’s health and medical history.
The campaign released two pages of documents – a cover letter from a hospital and another page of test results – that Trump discussed with television doctor Mehmet Oz during the Wednesday taping of a program airing Thursday. He later said he had written the letter in five minutes as a limousine sent by the candidate idled outside.
Oz says he has invited both presidential candidates on the show, and that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is considering the offer.
The presidential candidate revealed some details of his medical record on the Dr Oz Show, which is set to be screened later today (15 September) – he is shown to be seriously overweight with a BMI of 29.1.
Some takeaways: Trump says he takes a cholesterol-lowering statin, has not had heart problems or type-2 diabetes, and has no family history of cancer (he believes his dad may have had Alzheimer’s toward the end of his life).
“Mr. Trump was hospitalized only once, as a child of 11 years old for an appendectomy”, Bornstein writes. Bornstein stated last year in a letter that the 70-year old would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”.
The visit to Flint, where most residents are African-American, comes as Trump has increased his outreach to minorities.
Trump replied: “OK, that’s good”, and resumed speaking about Flint, lamenting that previously “cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. He does not use tobacco products or alcohol”, the doctor’s note added. She is expected to return to the campaign trail on Thursday. But Clinton released a more detailed two-page letter previous year from her doctor stating she was in “excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president of the United States”.
Audience member Kelly Platt – a pharmacist intern and Trump supporter – told CNN that Oz deemed Trump’s cholesterol to have come down to a safe level, thanks to medication. He said Trump’s calcium score in 2013 was 98. “He’s 6’3” and weighs 236 pounds, according to Villa’s recollection (some other publications said the weight mentioned at the taping was 267 pounds).
Trump has a healthy testosterone level.
Trump also took a swipe at Clinton’s health during a rally in Canton, Ohio, on Wednesday night, telling the crowd, “You think Hillary would be able to stand up here for an hour and do this?”
According to the campaign, Clinton has been resting at her home in Chappaqua, NY since she fell ill last week and was diagnosed with pneumonia, which according to her doctor was “mild”.