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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (AP File Photos)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (AP File Photos)

Why didn’t the Clinton campaign just say she had pneumonia?

Why don’t Donald Trump release his tax returns?

Americans are being asked to choose between two candidates for president who are lacking in transparency about their health and finances.

Clinton’s campaign is rightly coming under fire by many in the media for failing to disclose that she was diagnosed with pneumonia on Sept. 9, and for saying she simply got “overheated” at the 9/11 memorial service in New York, when video showed her knees buckling as aides helped her into a waiting van.

When her campaign put out a statement saying that Clinton had “departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better,” there was no clear acknowledgment that Clinton left the ceremony earlier than planned, nor any mention of what looked to be a fainting spell.

The Clinton campaign should have handled news of Clinton’s dizzy spell and pneumonia diagnosis differently.

The illness is not the real issue here; it is the lack of transparency.

The Clinton campaign’s poor handling of the situation fuels rumors about Clinton’s health and the perception that she is unnecessarily secretive whether it’s her health or her emails.

While Clinton has been secretive about her health, Trump’s own letter about his health from his doctor was more than lacking.

If he wins, Trump would be the oldest first-term president in U.S. history. Clinton would be second oldest, after Reagan.

Trump has also been secretive about his finances and has refused to disclose his tax returns, citing an ongoing IRS audit as the reason why he will not release them.

The secrecy from Clinton and Trump is unacceptable. The health and financial records of presidential candidates are important. Voters need to know if presidential candidates are physically fit for office. Voters also need to know if the candidate is in financial debt or financially obligated to foreign powers.

Many Americans highly value their privacy and are secretive about their health and finances. But Clinton and Trump are seeking to lead the most powerful country in the world. Clinton and Trump also have an additional responsibility to be transparent because polls consistently show that many Americans don’t trust them.

Presidential candidates are asking voters to trust them with the nation’s highest office. They should remember there is no trust without transparency.


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