Trump gives Dr. Oz med­i­cal re­port, details not dis­closed

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Jonathan Lemire

FLINT, MICHI­GAN >> Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day handed over a one-page sum­mary of his re­cent phys­i­cal on a doc­tor’s tele­vi­sion show — but the cam­paign won’t re­veal what was dis­closed.

Trump, ever the show­man, ap­peared on “The Dr. Oz Show” in what was billed by the cam­paign as a dis­cus­sion about his gen­eral well-be­ing and his fam­ily’s med­i­cal his­tory. But re­vers­ing what aides had said ear­lier Wed­nes­day, Trump handed host Mehmet Oz one-page of re­sults from a phys­i­cal con­ducted last week by his long­time physi­cian, Dr. Harold Born­stein.

The show does not air un­til Thurs­day and the cam­paign de­clined to im­me­di­ately dis­close the re­sults. But a re­lease from the show said that “Dr. Oz took Mr. Trump though a full re­view of his sys­tems” in­clud­ing his ner­vous sys­tem, car­dio­vas­cu­lar health, prostate health and fam­ily med­i­cal his­tory.

Both Trump and his Demo­cratic op­po­nent, Hil­lary Clin­ton, have been un­der in­creased pres­sure to re­lease de­tailed med­i­cal records, es­pe­cially af­ter Clin­ton was di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia and was cap­tured on video stum­bling get­ting into a wait­ing van at a 9/11 me­mo­rial cer­e­mony Sun­day.

Born­stein had pre­vi­ously writ­ten a note declar­ing the 70-year-old Trump, if elected, would be the health­i­est pres­i­dent in his­tory. He later said he had writ­ten the let­ter in five min­utes as a limou­sine sent by the can­di­date idled out­side.

The cam­paigns of both Trump and Clin­ton, 68, have said that their can­di­dates would be re­leas­ing de­tailed med­i­cal records in the com­ing days.

The ap­pear­ance with Oz came hours be­fore Trump was to visit Flint, Michi­gan to con­demn the govern­ment fail­ure which led to that city’s wa­ter cri­sis. The city’s mayor made clear she did not want him to come.

It’s the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee’s first visit to the poverty-stricken city since lead was de­tected in its wa­ter sup­ply in April 2014. He is ex­pected to visit a wa­ter plant and a church while de­nounc­ing the cri­sis that af­fected 100,000 peo­ple af­ter the city left Detroit’s wa­ter sup­ply and started us­ing im­prop­erly treated Flint River wa­ter.

Trump’s visit to Flint, like his one last month to flood-stricken Louisiana, is bound to pro­duce im­ages aimed at per­suad­ing Amer­i­cans that the celebrity busi­ness­man can ap­pear pres­i­den­tial. It also high­lights his aims to com­pete in the in­dus­trial Mid­west, thought polls have him down in Michi­gan, which last went Repub­li­can in 1988.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, a Demo­crat, con­demned the visit, say­ing the cam­paign had not of­fered to help the city and his visit would be a dis­trac­tion.

“Flint is fo­cused on fix­ing the prob­lems caused by lead con­tam­i­na­tion of our drink­ing wa­ter, not photo ops,” said Weaver, who sup­ports Hil­lary Clin­ton, Trump’s op­po­nent. Clin­ton vis­ited Flint in Fe­bru­ary.

Flint was un­der state con­trol in 2014 and Michi­gan’s gover­nor, Rick Sny­der, a Repub­li­can, has come un­der scru­tiny for his han­dling of the cri­sis. Trump has de­clared Flint’s wa­ter prob­lems “a hor­ror show” and said “this is a sit­u­a­tion that would have never hap­pened if I were pres­i­dent.”

The visit to Flint, where most res­i­dents are AfricanAmer­i­can, comes as Trump has in­creased his out­reach to mi­nori­ties. He has ar­gued that Demo­cratic poli­cies have left in­ner cities im­pov­er­ished and dan­ger­ous and has taken to ask­ing vot­ers of color “What have you got to lose?” in vot­ing for him.

Crit­ics say Trump paints an overly bleak pic­ture of life in ur­ban African-Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties, where crime has fallen and the life ex­pectancy has risen in re­cent decades. Some black lead­ers have also sug­gested that Trump’s out­reach to mi­nori­ties is mostly about prov­ing to un­de­cided white vot­ers that he’s not racist.

Weaver said she would be in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day to lobby for fed­eral aid. Af­ter months of Repub­li­can re­sis­tance, the Se­nate is mov­ing ahead on a $10 bil­lion wa­ter projects bill that in­cludes $220 mil­lion in emer­gency fund­ing for Flint and other com­mu­ni­ties be­set by lead-con­tam­i­nated wa­ter.

Clin­ton re­mained in her sub­ur­ban New York home Wed­nes­day as she con­tin­ues to re­cover from pneu­mo­nia. She is ex­pected to re­turn to the cam­paign trail on Thurs­day. Next week, she plans to meet with for­eign lead­ers next week at the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly in New York, her cam­paign said Wed­nes­day.

CRAIG RUTTLE - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump ges­tures as he leaves an ap­pear­ance on a tele­vi­sion talk show, Wed­nes­day, in New York.

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