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Donald Trump's campaign manager questions need for extensive medical reporting, advocates privacy

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway for U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the media at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. 

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Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday seemed to question why the public needs extensive medical information about presidential candidates.

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Conway was asked if the physician who released the very brief letter describing the state of Trump’s health last year was the same doctor who performed his latest physical last week.

“That I don’t know. I was not present for his physical,” Conway said.

Host Andrea Mitchell then asked again if it was the same doctor who wrote the “very brief” letter that was “four or five” paragraphs.

“Well, but remember, Andrea, I mean, I’m with Dr. Oz and millions of Americans on this. I don’t know why we need such extensive medical reporting when we all have a right to privacy,” Conway said, referring to Dr. Mehmet Oz, made famous by his appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and who hosts his own syndicated talk show.

She continued by saying most Americans are upset that “many of them had to change doctors after many years with their doctors under Obamacare.”

“Why would somebody change a doctor when they are in good shape or they have been healthy for so long? I think that is being lost in the conversation,” she said.

Conway’s comment comes amid the Trump campaign’s criticism in recent weeks of Hillary Clinton for not releasing enough of her medical records, even though she released a more detailed report than Trump did last year. 

Clinton is now under fire for her initial opacity about her pneumonia diagnosis Friday and the days-long delay before she revealed it to the public.

Trump plans to release his latest medical records on “The Dr. Oz Show” on Thursday.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.