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Clinton Camp Dismisses Trump Challenge on Health Records

Hallie Jackson and Andrea Mitchell
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Aaron P. Bernstein | Reuters

Donald Trump on Sunday challenged Hillary Clinton to release more detailed medical records, but a Clinton aide said the Republican nominee should provide a "legitimate" and "detailed" letter beyond the brief note he has previously released.

Trump Sunday afternoon Tweeted: "I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records. I have no problem in doing so! Hillary?"

A Clinton aide said the campaign will not be releasing any more records. Clinton, 68, released a two-page letter last month from her doctor that said the Democratic nominee is in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States."

The Clinton campaign points out that the letter Clinton released has much more detail and specifics, like cholesterol levels, medical history and medications, and they argue there is no comparison to the letter Trump released and that Trump has not disclosed any meaningful medical information.

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Trump in December released a four-paragraph letter from Dr. Harold Bornstein that called Trump's health "astonishingly excellent" and claimed the 70-year-old would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."

Bornstein — who says he has been Trump's physician since 1980 — told NBC News Friday that he wrote the letter in just 5 minutes while a limo waited outside his office, but the doctor said he had been thinking about the letter all day.

Neither candidate has released the same amount of medical information that other presidential candidates of both parties have in the past.

Trump's challenge Sunday mirrors the response from his campaign spokesman on Friday after the NBC interview with Bornstein aired.

Medical records have been an unusual source of controversy in a presidential race that has had plenty of them.

Trump has claimed Clinton "lacks the mental and physical stamina" to be president.

Others have raised unsubstantiated or debunked claims about Clinton. Fox News' Sean Hannity raised questions about whether Clinton suffered a stroke in the past and the Drudge Report used old photos to suggest she has trouble walking. Both theories have been debunked by news outlets.

And fringe outlets have used a photo to question whether her body guard is secretly a doctor who carries a device to deliver anti-seizure injections. The Secret Service said the device in question is a standard flashlight.

Clinton aides have called the rumors and claims "deranged conspiracy theories."