Donald Trump’s appearance on The Dr. Oz Show won’t air until Thursday, but since the one-on-one interview taped earlier today, reports from audience members, various media outlets, and the campaign itself are already describing a rather interesting exchange. One that, despite previous statements to the contrary by Dr. Mehmet Oz and the Trump campaign, featured a surprise revelation and reading of the Republican nominee’s long awaited medical report. And guess what? He considers flapping his arms during campaign speeches to be a form of exercise.
According to CBS News reporter Sopan Den, an official announcement provided by Sony Pictures Television stated “Trump shared with Dr. Oz the results of his physical examination performed last week by Dr. Harold Bornstein.” Dr. Oz also put the presidential candidate “through a full review of systems,” including his “nervous system,” “hormone levels,” “gastrointestinal health” and many other factors. Whether or not Dr. Oz actually had Trump take a physical remains highly unlikely, so the thoroughness of this “review” is questionable.
Attendees willing to describe the experience have since come out in droves, and the scene they describe is largely uneventful. For example, per CNN, Trump stuck to his previous “get well soon” comments regarding Hillary Clinton’s health scare and repeated them during the taping. As for Dr. Oz’s “full review,” it consisted of the two discussing Trump’s health. Even negative aspects, like his desire to “lose about 15 pounds,” and his not exercising despite being “so good at golf he could join the PGA Tour.”
Yet the real meat of the interview surfaced thanks to Morning Joe producer Jesse Rodriguez, who interviewed another member of The Dr. Oz Show audience. Much of what he uncovered mirrored CNN’s report, including Dr. Oz’s general approval of Trump’s health and the show host’s agreeing with the nominee’s desire to lose weight.
Yet a few other juicy bits slipped out, like the well known fact that Trump really, really likes fast food. Why? Because “at least you know what they are putting in it.”
Not to mention Trump’s belief that his campaign was his exercise. Repetitive physical actions like “moving his hands around when he was speaking,” he argued, were good enough to be considered a workout.
Ivanka Trump later joined her father onstage to discuss the new childcare policy she inspired him to advocate for. The three had an uneventful discussion about the initiative, but since Trump and Ivanka were sitting next to one another, of course there was at least one comment about their weird relationship.
A lot of people are about to hate-watch The Dr. Oz Show for the first time on Thursday, and it’s going to be a blast.