Hillary Clinton’s top communications staffer admitted Monday that the campaign could have better handled the disclosure of the Democratic presidential nominee’s pneumonia diagnosis, and the campaign said it would be releasing more of her medical records this week.
In a tweet Monday morning, President Barack Obama’s former chief strategist criticized the Clinton campaign’s seemingly guarded posture toward the press regarding potential controversies:
Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 12, 2016
Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri quickly responded, noting that while the campaign may have mishandled telling reporters about Clinton’s diagnosis, the former secretary of state’s long tenure in public life allows voters to know more about her than other presidential nominees:
We could have done better yesterday, but it is a fact that public knows more about HRC than any nominee in history. https://t.co/Q50oHK85wQ
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) September 12, 2016
Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon also told MSNBC on Monday that Clinton would release more detailed medical information later this week.
Clinton’s campaign faced criticism from some journalists who believed that the campaign purposefully obfuscated the nominee’s health and was forced to announce her illness only after a video emerged that showed her stumbling while leaving a 9/11 memorial event on Sunday.
“Her current level of health transparency is not sustainable. She will need to release medical records before the first debate,” said Matt Mackowiak, a top Republican strategist and president of Potomac Strategy Group.