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NYT calls for ‘full disclosure’ on health by Trump, Clinton

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The New York Times editorial board called on both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to release their respective medical histories, writing in an editorial published Monday that it would be a “great service” to American voters. 

{mosads}”As President Obama’s graying hair suggests, the American presidency is perhaps the most grueling and stressful political job there is. This year, both major party candidates for that job are past the nation’s customary retirement age,” the editorial board wrote.

“And while submitting health records is not a requirement for the job, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be doing American voters a great service by furnishing a much clearer picture of their physical health than the abbreviated and sunny reports provided so far.”

Questions about Clinton’s health increased after she fell ill at a 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday. Video showed her stumbling into a van and being held up by aides. Her doctor later said the Democratic presidential nominee had pneumonia and had become dehydrated at the event. 

Trump, the Republican nominee, and Clinton have released letters from their doctors stating they are in good shape to be president, and both plan to release more information soon, their campaigns said.  

The editorial board noted that presidents have become more transparent about their health issues over the years. 

“Now Americans are deciding between Mr. Trump, who is 70, and Mrs. Clinton, who is 68. Whoever prevails will have to deal with round-the-clock demands, so it seems entirely relevant to inquire about their medical histories and current health,” the board wrote. 

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