After mixed signals, Trump shares some medical info with Dr. Oz – USA TODAY
After sending mixed messages, Donald J. Trump ended up providing some of the results from his most recent physical exam in a ‘Dr. Oz Show’ taping Wednesday
Donald Trump discussed aÂ recent physical with television doctor Mehmet Oz on Wednesday and will soon publicly release medical records, possibly this week, aides said.
During his talk with Dr. Oz â taped Wednesday for broadcast on Thursday â the Republican presidential nominee shared two pages of information just hours after his campaign hadÂ said he wouldn’t, according to a general summary of the program.
“Dr. Oz took Mr. Trump through a full review of systems,” said a statement from the publicist forÂ The Dr. Oz Show,Â including the head and neck, hormone levels, respiratory health, and “family medical history,” according to the release. That last topic included the occurrence of Alzheimerâs disease or dementia, heart diseaseÂ and cancer in relatives;Â Trump’s father suffered from Alzheimer’s.
Trump, at 70, would be the oldest person to ever ascend to the presidency.
The statement did not provide additional specifics. It saidÂ the physical exam Trump shared was performed last week by Dr. Harold Bornstein, Trump’s personal physician,Â who in a letter last year proclaimed that Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
In a clip released by the program, Trump said the numbers came from tests “done just last week.”Â He asked audience members whether he should discuss the results. Amid applause, he pulled papers from his suit and handed them to Oz.
Oz told NBC News that, while he had to review Trump’s information quickly, “I got to say as a doctor, if he was my patient, they are good for a man of his age.â
The OzÂ taping wasÂ closed to the press, so further Trump comments may not surface publicly until Thursday.
However, audience members later told reporters that Trump expressed a desire to lose weight âÂ some said Trump reported it currently at 230 pounds; others at 236 or 267 pounds. The audience also reported that Trump said his cholesterol is down thanks to drugs, and that the 6-foot-2Â Trump looked fit. They also reported that Trump regards his hand gestures at campaign events as exercises.
Earlier in the day, Trump campaign manager, Kellyanne ConwayÂ told Fox News thatÂ “if he is asked a question about his health or his stamina, Iâm sure heâll be happy to answer it. Heâs always happy to answer.â
However, Conway said the discussion would be general in nature and that Trump would publicly release results from a recent physical “when he get the results from his doctor.” Conway said that would be as soon as this week. Two other aides, who were not authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations of the campaign, said simply that the release would be soon.
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton followed up on Trump’s Oz appearance by releasing a health report of her own, one “far exceeding what Donald Trump has disclosed,” tweeted spokesman Brian Fallon.
Trump has repeatedly questioned Clinton’s health and stamina, but heÂ has not referred to her health since Sunday’s news that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia.
While Oz told Fox News prior to the program’s taping that he wantedÂ to ask Trump “pointed questions about his health,” he also said he wouldn’t press his guest on the issue.
âItâs his decision,” Oz toldÂ FOX News Radioâs Kilmeade & Friends earlier this week.Â “The metaphor for me is, this is a doctorâs office, the studio. So, Iâm not going to ask him questions he doesnât want to have answered.”
The GOP nominee has also not released medical records beyond the December statement from Bornstein.
The campaign had suggested that Trump would discuss his recent physical with Oz, before Wednesday morning signaling he wouldn’t.
Hours later came word that Trump had indeed provided at least a partial summary.
Daughter Ivanka Trump joined her father during a discussion that included Trump’s “views on major health care policy including their recently announced child care plan and the major health care issues facing this country,” the program said.
In his Fox radio interview,Â Oz said he didn’tÂ think Trump would release “embarrassing” details on the program.
“I also donât want to talk about anybody else,” Oz said. “Weâre not going to be talking about Secretary Clinton for sure.”
In the wake of Clinton’s health situation, Democrats are starting to challenge Trump over his health.
“Heâs 70 years old, heâs not slim and trim,” said Senate Democratic leader of Harry Reid of Nevada. “He brags about eating fast food every day.â