The Democratic candidate had events planned in North Carolina and Washington as she resumed campaigning after a three-day break prompted by a bout of pneumonia. Describing pneumonia as “an ailment that many people just power through”, Ms Clinton insisted: “That’s what I thought I would do as well”.
Mr Trump’s team took a swipe at Mrs Clinton’s brief absence from the campaign trail in a statement accompanying the new health information. Though Trump’s health letter doesn’t detail his exercise and diet behaviors, Trump told Dr. Oz that he regards his energetic speeches and gestures as exercise. He said on the show that he gets exercise during the campaign by delivering speeches at rallies, calling them “a lot of work” and requiring “a lot of motion”.
Until Thursday, the only information on Trump’s health had come in a widely ridiculed letter from his doctor declaring he would be the healthiest person to ever serve as president.
Clinton found the silver lining in her sickness, saying she spent the past three days reflecting at home.
With two months until election day, the race between Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump is far tighter than many in both parties expected.
This is the first poll which was conducted after the 9/11 anniversary incident in which Clinton had to leave the NY memorial due to illness. The campaign released a similar health letter in 2015, describing Clinton’s medical history and medical conditions – she has seasonal allergies and an under-active thyroid. His campaign said more information about his health would be made public Thursday.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Trump delivered a speech in NY in which he vowed to boost the nation’s economy by at least 3.5 percent – well above current projections – and create 25 million new jobs over a decade.
The heart of Trump’s plan is a revised tax code, which includes a pledge that no business should pay more than 15 percent of its income in taxes, down from the current 35 percent highest corporate tax rate.
The letter released on Wednesday by her campaign staff stated that Clinton underwent a chest scan that revealed she had “mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia”, according to her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, chair of internal medicine at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, New York.
Clinton, 68, was advised to rest and was put on a short course of antibiotics, but her condition worsened and she developed a cough.
“Now I confess, I’ll never been the showman – my opponent is and that’s okay with me”, Clinton said during her rally.
While addressing the Economic Club of New York, Trump slammed the policies of Clinton and President Barack Obama as having doubled the national debt as he promised his presidency would bring about “an American economic revival”. Her total cholesterol was 189; her LDL or “bad” cholesterol was 103, and her HDL or “good” cholesterol was 56 – all within healthy levels and not signaling the need for any medications.
During her press avail with reporters, she also defended a pastor that Trump called “a nervous wreck” following his visit to Flint, MI this week.
The letter from Clinton’s doctor made no mention of her weight, a key part of any medical exam, nor did a similar letter released past year.
While Trump is shown to be overweight, with a body mass index of 29.5, his doctor Harold Bornstein declared the Republican nominee to be “in excellent physical health”.