No big deal, Clinton back on campaign trail this week
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. –
A sign wishing US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a quick recovery is placed near her home in Chappaqua, New York, on September 12.