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Following the news of Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia, Donald Trump released his medical records to demonstrate to our nation that he is healthy and prepared to take on office, as he continues to insinuate that Clinton, since she has fallen ill, is not.
In typical Trump fashion, his “medical record” is actually a note by his personal physician claiming he is in “excellent health.” Trump’s , “[Trump] is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States.” This claim is a direct jab at Clinton, as she had to postpone her campaign trail to rest up. Apparently, it is un-presidential to fall ill.
Hillary Clinton is taking the day off again, she needs the rest. Sleep well Hillary – see you at the debate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2016
Trump’s medical record, signed by his personal physician, Harold N. Bornstein, M.D., encloses that he was only hospitalized on one occasion for an appendectomy at 11 years old and that he is overall in good health, despite being a tad overweight (weighing 236 lbs. at 6’3”). The 70-year-old’s medical record excludes some major components of a typical medical record such as the state of his kidney functions, weigh-ins and other reports as of annual check-ups. The record is also missing what Trump’s cholesterol and other lipids’ numbers were prior to the use of his medication which lowers these as well as whether or not he is up to date on immunizations. This is not to say his medical records are invalid, but for someone who stated that “very specific numbers” from a physical would be presented prior to the release of his medical records on the Dr. Oz show, it seems he didn’t get as specific as he said he would.
Now, all in all, most individuals are not concerned with Trump’s nor Clinton’s medical records unless they contain the information that one of them has a potentially life-threatening or serious medical condition/disease. Yet, Trump released these records on Dr. Oz’s television talk show to attempt to prove himself as the healthier and more honest candidate considering Clinton “hid” her medical state from the nation.
Mr. Trump, we see your medical history, but how about those tax returns? You have disclosed your fancy doctor’s note without any prompting, but we’ve yet to see any official tax returns.