Clinton stumbles with pneumonia, cancels fundraising trip to California
HILLARY Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia and was dehydrated when she suddenly left a 9/11 memorial ceremony, her doctor said, sparking fresh speculation about the Democratic presidential candidate’s health barely eight weeks from Election Day.
Her spokesperson Nick Merrill said Ms Clinton has cancelled a California campaign fundraising trip scheduled for today.
The 68-year-old Ms Clinton seemed to buckle and lose her footing at an event at New York’s Ground Zero on September 11 and had to be helped to her vehicle.
This incident offered Republican Donald Trump a new opening to attack his White House rival with just 15 days before their first highpressure presidential debate.
The former secretary of state spent 90 minutes at the ceremony in lower Manhattan, greeting some relatives of those killed in the terror strikes 15 years ago, her campaign said in a statement.
“During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better,” it added.
Later, the campaign released a statement from her doctor, Lisa Bardack, who said that Ms Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia and was suffering from dehydration.
“She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely,” Dr Bardack said.
A video posted on Twitter showed Ms Clinton appearing unsteady as she waited to get into a black van to leave the 9/11 service.
It was a humid day in New York, with temperatures around 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 Celsius).
Ms Clinton appeared better as she walked out of her daughter Chelsea’s home a few hours later, smiling and posing for pictures with a young girl before departing for Chappaqua.
Mr Trump – who also attended the 9/11 ceremony – was uncharacteristically silent on Twitter about Ms Clinton’s illness, as both took a break from formal campaigning to mark the sombre day.
But the businessman, his spokespeople and surrogates have promoted the idea in recent weeks that Ms Clinton has serious health problems.
The internet is awash with claims that she may have a brain tumor, Parkinson’s or dementia.
Mr Trump, 70, has said Ms Clinton is “not strong enough to be president” and that she “lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS” jihadists.
The root of the claims lies in 2012, when Ms Clinton was nearing the end of her State Department tenure. A stomach virus and dehydration prompted her to faint, causing what her doctor said was a concussion.