Donald Trump Seems to Take Subtle Digs at Hillary Clinton's Health on 'Dr. Oz'
"I think you have an obligation to be healthy. I don't think you can do the work if you're not healthy," the Republican presidential candidate said on the show, which aired Thursday.
Donald Trump's much-discussed appearance on The Dr. Oz Show aired on Thursday, and while the talk show host and the presidential candidate agreed not to talk about Hillary Clinton, Trump made several comments that appeared to be subtle digs at the Democratic presidential candidate's health, in the wake of her coming down with pneumonia.
He talked about how important health is when you are running for president, saying, "I think you have an obligation to be healthy. I don't think you can do the work if you're not healthy. I don't think you can represent the country properly if you're not healthy."
Clinton was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and also has been the subject of conspiracy theories about her health. She left a ceremony at the 9/11 memorial on Sunday after claiming she felt "overheated," and a video showed her stumbling as she got into a waiting van. She's since taken a few days off from campaigning in order to rest up and recover from the illness.
But Trump rarely gets a cold, he says, claiming "people are amazed" at how often he doesn't get the virus. Trump added that the last time he was in a hospital overnight was when he was 11 and had his appendix removed.
The Republican presidential nominee said he has taken "almost no days" off since he started campaigning and that traveling from state to state is a way of getting "a lot of exercise."
Trump said that the rooms he campaigns in are often "really hot like saunas" and he sees that as as similar to exercise as well. Trump told Dr. Oz that he's never needed that much sleep and he thinks that it's because he loves what he does.
When Dr. Oz tried to steer the conversation to Trump's stress levels and temperament, Trump went off on a tangent talking about the "dishonest" media. He said he fights back against the media. But when Dr. Oz asked about the health consequences of this anger and hostility, Trump didn't answer that, talking instead about his poll numbers and whether or not the press matters.
He eventually answered a question about temperament saying a president would need an unbelievably "strong and smart" temperament. Trump said he believes his temperament is his "single greatest asset" and blamed Clinton for why people might think any differently.
"Madison Avenue went to Hillary Clinton — I'm talking about advertising people — and they said, 'Let's see ...' and put 15 things on a board and they said, 'Oh, temperament, lets go after temperament,'" said Trump.
Later, when Dr. Oz talked about how people view Trump as sexist, Trump again blamed that on advertising. He said maybe people think that because "hundreds of millions of dollars" have been spent on advertising against him, much of which were "negative hit jobs."
Dr. Oz cut Trump off and talked about the negative remarks the Republican candidate has made about women and Trump shrugged it off as all having happened before his candidacy. He said he was "having fun" with people like Howard Stern and insisted he wouldn't have said those things had he known he was going to run for president. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, also was on the program and defended her father against accusations of sexism, calling it a "false narrative."
"My father speaks his mind," said Ivanka. "So whether it's a man or a woman, if you attack him he'll attack you back. In a certain way, it would be strange if he handled women and men differently." She stressed that he can be a "little rough" but that it's almost always in retaliation and not instigation.
"I like to be nice to people," said Trump. "Sometimes people aren't so nice to me."
Trump also found an opportunity to criticize President Barack Obama, earning a warning from Dr. Oz for mentioning another politician. "We have a president who plays so much golf he could be on the PGA tour," said Trump. Trump hasn't been playing as much golf lately and doesn't enjoy vacations. When he has played in the past, with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Trump said, "I feel I'm the same age as him. It's crazy." Brady is 39, and Trump is 70. But Trump told Dr. Oz that when he looks in the mirror he sees a 35-year-old looking back at him.
Trump also makes sure to wear a hat when he plays golf, he said. "I try and stay out of the sun," he said.