Hillary Clinton’s doctor Wednesday declared her “fit to serve” as president, in a health bulletin released a day before she returns to the fray after being grounded by pneumonia at the height of the White House race. The disclosure came as her Republican rival Donald Trump — in a media-savvy move — released new health data of his own during the taping of a medical chat show set to air Thursday.
Both candidates, among the oldest ever to run for the White House, were under intense pressure to share more medical information after Clinton fell ill during a 9/11 ceremony in New York on Sunday and was forced to leave. Health issues have dominated the campaign trail for days, sidelining other questions like funding for Trump’s foundation — now the subject of a probe in New York state — with less than two weeks to go before the candidates’ first debate. In a detailed, two-page “summary update” on Clinton’s health, her personal physician Lisa Bardack wrote that the 68-year-old was recuperating from a diagnosis of “mild, non-contagious” pneumonia. She “is recovering well with antibiotics and rest” after being laid low over the weekend, when she suffered from fatigue and a low-grade fever, although her vital signs remained normal, Bardack said. The Democratic White House nominee “continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States,” she wrote, noting she is in “excellent mental condition.”