Clinton diagnosis: Trump to open up on medical records

Clinton diagnosis: Trump to open up on medical records
September 13 06:10 2016

US Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has
 pledged to release details about his health after his
 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, was diagnosed with
 pneumonia.
 Mr Trump said health had now become “an issue” in the
 election campaign.
 Mrs Clinton was taken ill on Sunday at a 9/11 memorial
 ceremony and cancelled a campaign trip to California.

She will also be releasing new medical records to help ease
 concerns about her health, a campaign spokesman said.
”There’s no other undisclosed condition. The pneumonia is
 the extent of it,” Brian Fallon told MSNBC.
 He said she would probably resume campaigning in the next
 few days.
 Mrs Clinton said on Twitter she was “anxious” to return to 
the trail.
 The incident capped off a difficult weekend for Mrs Clinton,
who came under attack from Mr Trump for calling half of his
supporters “deplorable” people on Friday.
 Mr Trump wished her a speedy recovery and said he would 
release the results of a medical examination he took over
 the past week, with “very, very specific numbers”.

“Hopefully they’re going to be good. I think they’re going to 
be good. I feel great,” he told Fox News .
So far Mr Trump has only released a note , in which his
 doctor declared that he would be “the healthiest individual
 ever elected to the presidency”.
 Mr Trump, 70, and Mrs Clinton, 68, are among the oldest US
 presidential candidates in history.
 White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it was “entirely 
legitimate” for Americans to want to know about the health
 of their president but that it was up to the candidates to
 decide what level of detail they were prepared to release.
 On Sunday, video showed Mrs Clinton being supported by
 aides as she entered a van to leave the 9/11 ceremony after
 an hour and 30 minutes.
 Her campaign initially said she had been taken to her
 daughter’s New York flat after feeling “over heated”.
She re-emerged later on Sunday, telling reporters: “I’m 
feeling great.

It’s a beautiful day in New York.”
Doctors subsequently confirmed she had been diagnosed
 with pneumonia on Friday.
 Some critics questioned why this had only been revealed
 after Sunday’s events.
 Mrs Clinton’s communications director has admitted the
 campaign “could have done better” managing Sunday’s
 incident.
The candidate had been due to leave for California on
 Monday morning for a two-day trip that included
 fundraisers, a speech on the economy, and an appearance
 on the Ellen De Generes Show.

She is now resting at home in Chappaqua, New York.
 Mrs Clinton suffered a coughing fit last week at a campaign 
event in Cleveland, Ohio, which fuelled speculation about
her condition.
 Last month, her personal doctor Lisa Bardack said in a 
letter that the candidate was “in excellent health and fit to 
serve as president of the United States”. She had made a full
 recovery from surgery she underwent in 2012 for a blood
 clot, the doctor added.
 But Mr Trump has repeatedly suggested she is unfit, telling
 supporters last month she “lacks the mental and physical
 stamina” to serve as president.
”I don’t know what’s going on. I’m like you, I see what I
 see,” he said after Mrs Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis was 
confirmed.
 The Clinton campaign has accused opponents of pushing a
”deranged conspiracy” about her health.
In other campaign developments:
 Donald Trump accused US Federal Reserve Chair Janet
 Yellen of keeping interest rates low to boost President
Barack Obama’s popularity .

He said she should be
”ashamed”
 The Republican candidate also released a new ad
attacking Mrs Clinton for calling half of his supporters
”a basket of deplorables” last week . “You know what’s
 deplorable? Hillary Clinton viciously demonising hard-
working people like you,” a narrator says
 Green Party candidate Jill Stein says she would not
 have killed Osama Bin Laden but instead would have
 put him on trial.
 What should be most concerning to the Clinton team is that
 the Trump campaign managed to hold its tongue as the
 news unfolded, probably sensing that the story was
 damaging enough on its own. In his first public comments
on Monday morning, for instance, Mr Trump only said that
 he hoped Mrs Clinton made a full recovery.

Presidential campaigns go through great efforts to portray
 their candidate as healthy and full of vigour, while 
presidents who had health troubles concealed their
weaknesses.
 At 68, Mrs Clinton is particularly susceptible to concerns 
about her health (as is 70-year-old Mr Trump). She has the
 additional challenge of being the first female presidential
 nominee from a major political party – and may have to face
 biases within the electorate over whether a female candidate 
is sufficiently “strong”, regardless of her age.
But if she returns to her normal campaign schedule without
 incident after a few days of recuperation, she will go a long
way towards putting health concerns to bed.

Clinton had for years been discreet about her medical
 history and her discretion “made it difficult for voters to
 assess her complete health picture”.
NBC News reporters said the incident had “sparked renewed 
calls for both Clinton and Trump, who are 68 and 70,
respectively, to reveal more about their health”.
Adam Nagourney, New York Times LA Bureau Chief,
 tweeted : “Is this hadn’t happened, would Clinton campaign 
have announced pneumonia? One reason why Clinton/
Trump should release medical records.”
Vox News pointed out that the US has a rich history of
 presidential candidates being less than clear about their
 medical histories. “Looking back, we now know a number of 
past presidents and presidential candidates who have 
actually been much sicker than the public knew.”

What is walking pneumonia?

Mrs Clinton’s team say she is suffering with “walking
 pneumonia” – a less serious type of the lung infection which
l eaves patients feeling unwell but doesn’t usually require
bed rest or hospitalisation.
Pneumonia is essentially an infection of the lungs which 
causes inflammation in the air sacs and fills them with fluid.

Symptoms can include a cough, fever, fatigue, chills and 
shortness of breath. 
Anyone can contract pneumonia, although smokers, older
 people, and sufferers of chronic lung diseases are at increased risk. There are two types – bacterial or viral.
 Bacterial pneumonia is common and easily treated with
 antibiotics.
 Most people with so-called “walking pneumonia” can 
recover within a few days. Those with weak immune 
systems or existing conditions can take weeks to recover,
and pneumonia can in some cases be fatal.

(BBC)