No big deal, Clin­ton back on cam­paign trail this week

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HIL­LARY Clin­ton’s White House bid stum­bled as a bout of pneu­mo­nia gave her ri­val Don­ald Trump a new open­ing to ques­tion her fit­ness for of­fice, while pledg­ing to re­lease de­tails on his own health soon.

How­ever, a se­nior aide said on Septem­ber 12 that Ms Clin­ton is suf­fer­ing from no health ail­ments other than pneu­mo­nia, and the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee is ex­pected to re­turn to the cam­paign trail as early as mid-week.

“There’s no other undis­closed con­di­tion. The pneu­mo­nia is the ex­tent of it,” spokesper­son Brian Fal­lon told MSNBC a day af­ter Ms Clin­ton, 68, fell ill at a 9/11 memo­rial event in New York and her cam­paign an­nounced she had been di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia.

“I ex­pect that by the mid­dle to the late of the week she’ll be back out there on the cam­paign trail,” he said.

In his first pub­lic com­ments since Ms Clin­ton was taken ill, an un­usu­ally sub­dued Mr Trump of­fered her his wishes for a rapid re­cov­ery but also sug­gested that the for­mer sec­re­tary of state’s health is­sues were of longer stand­ing than ad­mit­ted.

“Some­thing is go­ing on but I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail, and we’ll be see­ing her at the de­bate,” the Repub­li­can can­di­date said.

The un­ex­pected turn of events barely eight weeks be­fore the Novem­ber 8 election has turned a con­ser­va­tive an­gle of at­tack into a se­ri­ous line of ques­tion­ing about Ms Clin­ton’s health, why it took two days to re­veal the pneu­mo­nia di­ag­no­sis, and what would hap­pen if she were forced to quit the race.

The episode has fu­elled fresh spec­u­la­tion and con­spir­acy the­o­ries on the in­ter­net, al­ready awash with un­sub­stan­ti­ated ru­mours Ms Clin­ton may have a brain tu­mour, Parkin­son’s or de­men­tia.

Draw­ing a con­trast, Mr Trump told Fox that he had a phys­i­cal last week and would re­lease the de­tails once test re­sults are back.

“I think they are go­ing to be good. I feel great but when the num­bers come in, I’ll be re­leas­ing very, very spe­cific num­bers,” the 70-yearold real es­tate mag­nate said.

A source close to Ms Clin­ton said sev­eral of her col­lab­o­ra­tors at the cam­paign head­quar­ters in Brook­lyn, New York, have also fallen ill in re­cent weeks, in­clud­ing cam­paign man­ager Rob­bie Mook.

But it was not known if that was the source of her in­fec­tion. –

Photo: AFP

A sign wish­ing US Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton a quick re­cov­ery is placed near her home in Chap­paqua, New York, on Septem­ber 12.

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