Promises from the Trump campaign of greater transparency about the GOP nominee’s health fizzled Wednesday amid a blizzard of conflicting statements from the campaign and almost comical levels of TV puffery.
Early reports from Trump’s much ballyhooed TV appearance on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s show, which was taped Wednesday afternoon, suggest little new about Trump’s health was revealed. Trump merely gave the TV doctor a one-page summary of his physical examination, which was conducted by none other than gastroenterologist Dr. Harold Bornstein, the same doctor that wrote Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
The campaign has still promised to release the results from Trump’s latest physical, but it’s unclear when the campaign will do so and in what detail.
Reports on Trump’s big reveal to Dr. Oz culminated a day filled with confusing signals from the campaign on how and when Trump would share his medical records. On Wednesday morning, the Trump campaign said that the candidate would not share results from his physical during the interview, only for Trump to turn around and hand Dr. Oz a one-page summary of the results.
In a statement released after the show was taped, the “Dr. Oz” show said that Trump “shared with Dr. Oz the results of his physical examination performed last week by Dr. Harold Bornstein, M.D. of Lennox Hill Hospital, whom has been Mr. Trump’s personal physician for many years.”
Medical doc Trump provided to Dr Oz contained info on cholesterol, blood pressure, prostate, and date of last colonoscopy.Oz said all normal
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) September 14, 2016
Both CNN and the New York Times reported that Trump gave Oz a single sheet of paper with the results. An audience member also told CNN that Trump said during the interview that he would like to lose 15 pounds.
An “exclusive sneak peak” from the “Dr. Oz” interview only shows a 30-second clip of Oz asking Trump why he won’t share information on his health, prompting Trump to hand over two sheets of papers related to his recent physical.
Trump’s decision to share some of the information from his recent physical contradicted statements made by his campaign earlier Wednesday morning.
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, told CNN Wednesday morning that the results of Trump’s physical would not be disclosed during the interview on “Dr. Oz.” She said that the campaign “considered” sharing the results on the show, but that plans were “never finalized.”
And Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that Trump would not release his medical records on the show. But she added, “He was going to talk about the fact that he had a physical and what the results are or what the doctor may have told him to date.” At the time, Conway said that the campaign will still released information on Trump’s physical this week.
The Wednesday morning comments from the Trump campaign contradicted statements from Oz. During an interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News radio on Tuesday, Oz said he would analyze Trump’s medical records during the interview.