Wednesday’s taping of the “Dr. Oz Show” wasn’t supposed to be when Donald Trump showed the world the results of his recent physical exam.
But when it comes to Trump, one should always expect the unexpected.
Responding to Dr. Mehmet Oz’s question, “If your health is as strong as it seems from your systems, why not share your medical records?” Trump said, “Well, I really have no problem in doing it, I have it right here.”
He then turned to the audience and asked, “Should I do it? I don’t care, should I do it?” When the audience applauded, Trump handed Oz two letters from his physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein.
The campaign had previously planned to share the information on Thursday after the show aired, but details began to leak out almost immediately.
For one, Trump told Oz that he would like to lose about 15 pounds and that he doesn’t exercise regularly. Overall, however, according to audience members, Oz sounded impressed by Trump’s health at 70.
In a later text exchange with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Oz said he was surprised. “Not knowing if we would see Mr. Trump’s medical records, I planned to do a full review of systems with Mr. Trump. I did that as planned when he sat down with me. He answered all my questions. We then discussed the need for transparency around both candidates’ medical records, at which point he produced a summary letter from his physician based on last week’s tests.”
Below is a short clip of Dr. Oz’s question to Trump released by the show:
According to audience members, Trump’s hour-long chat with Dr. Oz included discussions about health and wellness, Trump’s Statin lowered cholesterol levels, the Zika virus, Trump’s new child care policies, questions from the audience, and an appearance by daughter Ivanka.
Even CNN seemed somewhat impressed by the showmanship and ease Trump displayed being on stage with Dr. Oz:
Trump’s daytime TV chat about health and wellness seemed like a savvy political stunt. The New York Times called it a “match made on TV,” describing Oz as a “kindred spirit — a physician who is not only Republican, but also has spent the last decade attracting an enormous following on television.”
Indeed, Trump, a former reality TV star, is at home in a setting like “The Dr. Oz Show.”
The hope, of course, is that an appearance like this can appeal to women voters with whom Trump needs to make inroads.
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