Can­di­dates give med­i­cal details

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA -

US pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day moved to show their med­i­cal fit­ness for the White House as Clin­ton re­leased a let­ter from her doc­tor declar­ing her fit for the pres­i­dency and Trump taped a TV seg­ment about his well-be­ing.

Clin­ton, 68, is healthy and fit to serve as pres­i­dent and is re­cov­er­ing from non-con­ta­gious, bac­te­rial pneu­mo­nia, her physi­cian, Dr Lisa Bar­dack, said in a let­ter about the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee’s med­i­cal con­di­tion re­leased by the cam­paign. Clin­ton is sched­uled to re­turn to the cam­paign trail on Thurs­day.

Trump, 70, knows he could stand to lose a few pounds but oth­er­wise is in great health, cam­paign ad­viser Sarah Huck­abee San­ders told MSNBC on Wed­nes­day af­ter the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee taped an episode of the “Dr Oz Show” in New York that will air on Thurs­day.

Bar­dack, in her let­ter about Clin­ton, wrote: “She is re­cov­er­ing well with an­tibi­otics and rest. She con­tin­ues to re­main healthy and fit to serve as Pres­i­dent of the United States.”

The an­nounce­ments came as Clin­ton spent a third day at her home in Chap­paqua, New York, af­ter fall­ing ill on Sun­day morn­ing as she left a Sept 11 me­mo­rial in New York City. Video footage taken by a by­stander showed Clin­ton col­laps­ing as she at­tempted to get into a wait­ing ve­hi­cle. Her cam­paign said later in the day that the for­mer sec­re­tary of state had been di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia on Sept 9.

Bar­dack said Clin­ton’s pneu­mo­nia was di­ag­nosed af­ter a chest scan that day and she was pre­scribed a 10-day course of an­tibi­otics.

Bar­dack said Clin­ton’s choles­terol and blood pres­sure are within nor­mal ranges. She had a nor­mal mam­mo­gram and breast ul­tra­sound and shows no signs of devel­op­ing heart dis­ease, which runs in her fam­ily. Clin­ton takes med­i­ca­tion for an un­der­ac­tive thy­roid, which has been stable for years, Clar­inex for her al­ler­gies, a vi­ta­min B12 sup­ple­ment and the blood thin­ner Coumadin fol­low­ing a 2012 blood clot in her head.

Since then, Clin­ton’s dosage of Coumadin has “been ad­justed as needed ac­cord­ing to reg­u­lar lab test­ing”, Bar­dack said.

Trump’s cam­paign has said he will re­lease ad­di­tional med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic in the com­ing days.

The “Dr Oz Show” on Wed­nes­day re­leased a short clip of its Thurs­day seg­ment with Trump. In it, Trump gives Dr Mehmet Oz two let­ters show­ing the re­sults of med­i­cal tests con­ducted last week. Huck­abee San­ders said she did not see the sum­mary Trump showed Oz, but “he self-ad­mit­ted he could lose a few pounds”.

In other cam­paign news, for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Colin Pow­ell re­vealed dis­taste for both US pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates.

In an email to Reuters on Wed­nes­day, Pow­ell confi the au­then­tic­ity of the thou­sands of hacked mes­sages but de­clined fur­ther com­ment.

In one of the leaked emails, Pow­ell, a Repub­li­can, called Trump “a na­tional dis­grace” and an “in­ter­na­tional pariah” who al­lied him­self with racists ques­tion­ing whether Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was born in the United States.

“When Trump couldn’t keep that up,” Pow­ell wrote in the hacked mes­sage, “he said he also wanted to see if the (birth) cer­tifi­cate noted that he was a Mus­lim. As I have said be­fore, ‘What if he was?” Mus­lims are born as Amer­i­cans ev­ery day.”

As for Clin­ton, Pow­ell said in an­other email that the Demo­cratic for­mer sec­re­tary of state was “greedy” and had “un­bri­dled am­bi­tion”.

In one of the newly leaked mes­sages, from Aug 21, Pow­ell de­rided Trump’s at­tempt to at­tract black vot­ers.

In a July 24, 2014, email, Pow­ell made clear his dis­com­fort with Clin­ton, writ­ing: “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I re­spect. A 70-year per­son with a long track record, un­bri­dled am­bi­tion, greedy, not trans­for­ma­tional”

In an­other email, Aug. 18, 2015, he wrote, us­ing her ini­tials, that: “Ev­ery­thing HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris.”

In some of the thou­sands of mes­sages posted on the web­site DCLeaks.com, Pow­ell also ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure with the Clin­ton cam­paign’s ef­forts to equate his use of an AOL email ad­dress with her in­stal­la­tion of a pri­vate server in her home. Af­ter it was reported that Clin­ton had told FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Pow­ell had ad­vised her to use a per­sonal ad­dress, he lamented that what he called her “min­ions” were “mak­ing a mis­take try­ing to drag me in”.

I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I re­spect. ...” Colin Pow­ell, For­mer US sec­re­tary of state

JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS

For­mer US sec­re­tary of state Colin Pow­ell and Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton at­tend a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for US Diplo­macy Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton in 2014. Pow­ell is in the news af­ter hacked emails re­vealed his crit­i­cisms of Clin­ton and op­po­nent Don­ald Trump.

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