Hillary Clinton returns to the campaign trail Thursday, September 15 following a bout of pneumonia that sidelined her for three days and revived questions about both the Democratic nominee and Republican Donald Trump's transparency regarding their health, the Associated Press reports.
Clinton's campaign responded with a new letter from her doctor Wednesday declaring her "fit to serve" as president and recovering well from her recent illness. The letter — the first substantial update on her health in more than a year — details the medications she is taking, her cholesterol levels and other results from a physical exam.
In a taped radio interview broadcast Thursday morning, Clinton told the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" that she was feeling much better and was "really glad that I did finally follow my doctor's orders and take some days to rest instead of just trying to keep powering through, which I think is a common experience for people."
Trump says he, too, plans to release details from a recent physical, though it's unclear when that will happen and how much information he will provide. So far, the businessman has only released a widely mocked letter from his longtime physician declaring he would be the healthiest president in history.
In keeping with Trump's unusual approach to transparency, the Republican handed over a one-page summary of his recent exam to Dr. Mehmet Oz while taping an episode of Oz's show. A release from the show said "Dr. Oz took Mr. Trump though a full review of his systems," including his nervous system, cardiovascular health, prostate health and family medical history.
While Clinton has released more information than Trump — both about her health and financial history — her campaign's handling of her illness underscored her penchant for privacy, something that has contributed to the public's lack of trust in the former secretary of state. With less than two months from Election Day, Clinton's standing with Americans has contributed to a race that is tighter than both parties expected.