Andrea Mitchell: Clinton Had ‘Obligation’ To Tell Us About Pneumonia Diagnosis On Friday, Trump ‘Even Worse’ On Transparency

On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell stated that while “we’ve all been trying to fact check, and pointing out that there’s nothing wrong with” Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and “Donald Trump is even worse than she is” on medical disclosure, Clinton’s camp “did not say anything on Friday, when they had an affirmative obligation to the public…to tell us about the diagnosis of pneumonia.”

Mitchell said, “Look, this was so botched. This was so mishandled. The whole issue of transparency, and this only reinforces all the conspiracy theories. I mean, we’ve all been trying to fact check, and pointing out that there’s nothing wrong with her. I’m out on the campaign with her, aside from that cough, she has more energy than I do, or half of the press corps which is a lot younger than her, the rest of the press corps. But the fact is, that they have only made things worse, because they’ve helped Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani and all the others who are making such an issue out of her health. Trump so far has not talked about it. He has been smart enough to listen to advisers, probably, to stay quiet while your opponents are missing their own campaigns up. But the fact that they did not say anything on Friday, when they had an affirmative obligation to the public, through us, after telling us that the cough in Cleveland on Labor Day was just seasonal allergies, which is what she thought, but after she had an exam on Friday morning, they had an affirmative obligation to tell us about the diagnosis of pneumonia.”

She continued, “And then the secrecy yesterday, and for an hour half the press corps — the protective press pool, the pool of reporters, which is supposed to be with her just for this kind of emergency, they are kept back at the ceremonies. They don’t know that she is — they’re not told that she’s gone to Chelsea’s apartment. Then they’re brought there so that we can see her coming out looking very spry and hugging the little girl, and then, eight hours after this first happened, they finally tell us about the diagnosis of pneumonia that was — that occurred on Friday. I’m sorry. There is an obligation, not written, not in law, but there’s an obligation, and Donald Trump is even worse than she is in terms of telling us anything about his medical history. So, we’ve got a lot of problems with both campaigns.”

(h/t Grabien)

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