Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took a gracious tack on Monday, wishing Hillary Clinton a speedy recovery from a bout of pneumonia that has forced the Democratic nominee to cancel a fundraising trip to California this week.
“The coughing fit was a week ago, so I assume that was pneumonia also ― I would think it would have been ― so, something’s going on. But I hope she gets well, gets back on the trail and we’ll see her at the debate,” Trump said in a Monday interview on Fox News.
In a separate interview on CNBC on Monday, Trump called news of Clinton’s illness “quite sad” and said he did not revel in it.
“I don’t take satisfaction. ... I hope she gets well and I hope she gets well soon. But, you know, it was ― it was quite sad, to be honest with you,” he said. “I hope she gets well soon. No satisfaction, believe me, whatsoever.”
Clinton, 68, abruptly left a 9/11 memorial event in New York City on Sunday morning after feeling ill and “overheated,” according to her campaign. A video recorded by one witness showed an unsteady Clinton buckle at the knees, requiring the help of aides to get into her vehicle as she was leaving the event. The candidate appeared later looking refreshed as she left her daughter’s apartment. The campaign released a statement hours later from Clinton’s doctor, Dr. Lisa Bardack, who announced Clinton had pneumonia and that she was on antibiotics.
Trump’s tone on Monday stood in stark contrast to much of the campaign. The 70-year-old real estate mogul has made a habit of questioning Clinton’s “mental and physical stamina” and has repeatedly called her a “weak” candidate.
Neither candidate has released their full medical records, though Clinton has released a more detailed disclosure than Trump. Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC on Monday that the campaign would be releasing additional medical information about Clinton “in the next couple of days.”
In Trump’s interview on Fox News, the businessman acknowledged that health was “an issue” and announced that he would be releasing the results of a physical he took last week.
This story has been updated with additional information from Hillary Clinton’s press secretary.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Donald Trump is 69.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
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