In an appearance on Wednesday’s CNN Newsroom, Trump surrogate Sarah Huckabee Sanders — daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) — tried to pretend that Republican nominee for president Donald Trump wasn’t chickening out by refusing to release the results of a medical exam during his appearance on Dr. Oz’s show.
On Wednesday morning, just hours before the scheduled appearance, the Trump campaign abruptly announced that the candidate would not be revealing the results of a physical he took on Friday as part of his interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz.
CNN’s Carol Costello asked Huckabee why Trump changed his mind.
“You know, I’m not sure he has,” Huckabee said. “All along, he has said that he was going to release his health records this week. That hasn’t changed, he’ll do that.”
Costello then quoted Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, who on Tuesday said that Oz will be receiving and analyzing Trump’s health records in time for Wednesday’s taping, which is set to be broadcast on Thursday.
“It seems like he changed his mind,” Costello said.
“Well, not necessarily,” Huckabee said, “as far as I know, Brian Kilmeade is not a spokesperson for the campaign and I think the campaign itself has been extremely clear that Donald Trump will release his records this week from a physical he took on Friday.”
“We’re in the middle of the week and it’s certainly not over,” she continued, “and he plans to do that. But he is, unlike Hillary Clinton, willing to sit down with a doctor in a public forum and have a very open discussion about his health, just as he’s done on hundreds of other issues because he’s unafraid to sit down with the press, he does it every single day and he’s going to do it to talk about his health as he continues to do it on the campaign trail.”
“Well,” said Costello, chuckling, “some press, these days. Mostly Fox News and CNBC.”
Trump told Fox and Friends on Monday morning that he plans to release “very, very specific” results from his physical exam. It was, however, Fox News itself which claimed that the results would be featured in the Dr. Oz interview.
“I think they’re going to be good. I feel great,” said Trump.
FoxNews.com followed up by saying, “Fox News has learned Trump plans to release those details during his appearance Thursday on ‘The Dr. Oz Show.’”
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