Trump Says ‘Something Is Going On’ With Clinton’s Health

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Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton’s health was now “an issue” in the 2016 campaign during a Monday interview on “Fox and Friends.”

Asked about Clinton departing early from a Sept. 11 memorial event because she felt overheated from a bout of pneumonia, Trump said he only knew what he’d seen on the news.

“I hope she gets well soon. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m like you. I see what I see,” the GOP nominee said. “The coughing fit was a week ago, so I assume that was pneumonia also. I would have think it would have been. So something is going on but I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail, and we’ll be seeing her at the debate.”

Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday during an examination for an allergy-related cough, according to a statement released from her doctor on Sunday. The press was not aware of her diagnosis until she abruptly departed from the 9/11 ceremony.

The “Fox and Friends” hosts asked Trump about reports from fringe conspiracy sites like Infowars claiming the Democratic National Committee was considering replacing Clinton with Vice President Joe Biden or her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA).

Trump said he didn’t think that she would be replaced, but that Clinton’s health is “an issue” in the race now. He said he would release “very, very specific numbers” from a physical he took last week in the next few days.

The real estate mogul refrained from commenting on Clinton’s health scare, which has dominated headlines since Sunday morning, until his phone interview on Fox. He has previously criticized her “mental and physical stamina” and his campaign surrogates and boosters such as Fox’s Sean Hannity have even suggested she has brain damage.

Trump has so far made only a cursory note from his doctor, which said he would be the healthiest president ever, publicly available. Clinton released a letter from her doctor and a summary of her medical history last summer.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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