Trump’s trip to Oz dominates day

Donald Trump handed television personality Mehmet Oz a one-page summary of his recent physical on Wednesday at a taping of “The Dr. Oz Show” that dominated coverage of the White House race.

Trump, the 70-year-old Republican presidential nominee, would be the oldest president in American history at the time of election if he wins in November.

{mosads}He did not release the summary of his physical or any other health records to the public, and the media were held out of the Oz taping, which will be broadcast Thursday.

Little information was released about the appearance, though the show released a clip of Trump pulling the one-page summary from his suit pocket.

“If your health is as strong as it seems from your review of systems, why not share your medical records?” Oz asks Trump in the clip.

“I have really no problem in doing it. I have it right here. Should I do it?” Trump asks the audience, turning toward them to shrug.

In the clip, he then dramatically pulls out two pages and hands them to Oz.

He described the first page as a letter from his doctor, Harold Bornstein, who made headlines earlier in the election cycle by penning a note for Trump that said he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” The second page was the one-page summary of his results.

The health of Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been the No. 1 story in the presidential race since Sunday, when cellphone video footage emerged of a wobbly Clinton being helped into her van after a 9/11 memorial event in New York City.

Her campaign announced that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia and would be spending time at home. She is set to return to the campaign trail on Thursday.

The battle between Clinton, turning 69 in October, and Trump is the oldest matchup in U.S. presidential history by average age.

Both have been demanding that the other release more records about their health history.

Clinton sent reporters more health information Wednesday in response to the pneumonia diagnosis, including a letter from her doctor saying that the “remainder of her complete physical was normal” outside of the “mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia.”

The report added that her cholesterol was 189 during a recent check. Anything below 200 is considered “desirable” by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A few details about Trump’s health did leak out from the taping.

NBC News reported that the 6-foot-2 Trump’s weight is 267 pounds, which would classify him as obese, according to the NIH. Oz, a Republican, described him on the show as being “slightly overweight,” and Trump said he wanted to lose about 15 pounds, according to audience members interviewed by various media entities.

Audience members told CNN that Trump said he did not exercise regularly. Trump told Oz that he likes fast food because he knows what is in it.

Trump’s earlier doctor’s note disclosed that he takes a statin, a drug used to control cholesterol.

Daniel Sinasohn, who was in the show’s audience, told MSNBC on Wednesday that outside of noting Trump is a little overweight and that he’s taking medicine for high cholesterol, the doctor appeared impressed.

“He actually said, ‘If I had a patient that had this exact situation, I’d be very happy,’ ” Sinasohn said of Oz.

Sinasohn added that Trump specifically pointed to his campaign speeches and “hand gesturing” on the stump as his “main source of exercise” and that he hasn’t been admitted to a hospital since appendicitis at age 11.

Producers for Oz said the television doctor took the GOP nominee “through a full review of systems,” including his nervous health, head and neck, hormone levels and his cardiovascular health.

Before the taping, the Trump campaign gave mixed signals over whether it would release any new information.  

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway questioned the obsession with the candidates’ health records during an interview on Tuesday.

“I don’t know why we need such extensive medical reporting when we all have a right to privacy,” she said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

Democrats seeking to pivot coverage from Clinton’s health scare attacked Trump over his weight — perhaps with the hope of provoking a reaction from the nominee, who has enjoyed sparring with opponents on Twitter.  

“He’s 70. He’s the heaviest president we’ve had, candidate we’ve had, since William Taft. There’s a legitimate issue,” said top former Obama campaign aide David Plouffe Tuesday on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily.”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) joined in, too, noting that Trump is not “slim and trim.”

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