After Hillary’s frightening health episode Sunday, Donald Trump announced plans to release his own detailed medical records.
Of all places, Trump chose the “Dr. Oz Show” to unveil his portrait of health. The awkward plan as it was original explained, was for Dr. Oz would reveal Trump’s physical results to Trump (and the audience) Thursday.
Wednesday, the Trump campaign walked back plans use the pre-recorded daytime platform to roll out Trump’s bill of health. Instead, Dr. Oz and Trump will chat about health and wellness in general.
The New York Times reports:
Donald J. Trump on Wednesday scrapped his previously announced plan to go over results from his most recent physical examination in a taped appearance with the television celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz, aides to the Republican presidential nominee said.
Instead, Mr. Trump, 70, will appear on the “Dr. Oz Show,” but the two men will have a general discussion about health and wellness, not one anchored to the fitness of one of the two major candidates for president.
Mr. Trump has, over many months, sought to raise questions about the health of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, 68, and his supporters have flatly claimed that she is hiding something about her health (her aides have strenuously denied this). But Mr. Trump has answered almost no questions about his own health over the last 15 months of his campaign, except for issuing a highly unusual doctor’s note.
So the appearance on Dr. Oz’s show, announced on Friday, had been anticipated as a potential breakthrough, as Mr. Trump’s aides had said that over the next few days he would release results from a physical examination taken last week. It was unclear when those results will be available after the change in approach with Dr. Oz.
When Mr. Trump sought someone in a public forum to talk about his health, he went with Dr. Oz, 56, a kindred spirit — a physician who is not only Republican, but also has spent the last decade attracting an enormous following on television.
The original release from the show about Mr. Trump’s appearance said that Mr. Trump would “share his vision for America’s health” with Dr. Oz, declaring boldly that it would be “a no-holds-barred conversation you’ll be talking about.”
In an interview with Fox News, Dr. Oz said he planned to ask “pointed questions,” but he suggested that most holds would, in fact, be barred.
“The metaphor for me is, this is a doctor’s office, the studio,” he said. “So I’m not going to ask him questions he doesn’t want to have answered, and I also don’t want to talk about anybody else.”
“I do think people want to understand, well, what happens to my health care if Mr. Trump is elected, and more importantly, what kind of role model is he for health in our country?” Dr. Oz added.
Dr. Oz also said he would ask Mr. Trump, a lover of fast food, “What does he eat — how does he deal with the stress?”
Dr. Oz said he had also invited Mrs. Clinton to appear on the show.
CNN reports that Trump forked over a one-pager that he and Dr. Oz will discuss tomorrow:
"Surprise" — Trump DID hand Dr. Oz a one-page summary of a recent physical exam. The info will be aired and shared tomorrow…
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 14, 2016
Ah, the Trump campaign. Clear as mud.
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