Clinton’s campaign staff were ill before she got pneumonia

Aides say staff members at Clinton campaign headquarters were ill in recent weeks, including campaign manager Robby Mook

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after leaving an apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. Clinton's campaign said the Democratic presidential nominee left the 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York early after feeling "overheated." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves after leaving an apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – An outbreak of respiratory illness swept through Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the weeks before she was diagnosed with pneumonia and fell ill at this year’s 9-11 memorial ceremony, campaign aides said Monday.

The Democratic presidential candidate abruptly left Sunday’s event after feeling “overheated.” A video later posted on Twitter showed her staggering and eventually slumping forward before being held up by three people as she was helped into a van.

On Sunday, her campaign answered questions about Clinton’s health and whereabouts with two short statements, both issued hours after she left the memorial in lower Manhattan. More than 20 hours later, her campaign gave a fuller accounting of the episode, which sparked a wave of bipartisan concern about her health and questions about her political transparency.

Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, said in an interview Tuesday with PBS’ Charlie Rose that Hillary Clinton is, “doing fine” after a good night’s sleep. He added that if there are more health problems that caused her apparent weakness Monday, “then it’s a mystery to me and all of her doctors.”

He said that “on more than one occasion” over the years “the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.”

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said the former secretary of state started to feel hot at the event, which took place on a muggy day in New York. There was little shade where Clinton was standing alongside other dignitaries.

As family members of 9-11 victims read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks, she decided to leave and get a drink of water. She was wearing a wool suit and had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, a fact her campaign had not made public.

In fact, campaign aides said Monday, a number of staff members at her campaign headquarters had been ill in recent weeks, including campaign manager Robby Mook.

“I probably came in a few more days than I should have over the last few weeks,” he told MSNBC on Monday. “I’m still actually recovering from the cough that I got through that.”

As Clinton walked to the motorcade, she began to feel dizzy and had to be helped into her van. She never lost consciousness, Fallon said. Shortly after entering the air-conditioned vehicle, he said, she began calling aides and requested to go to her daughter’s Manhattan home.

At the apartment, she played with her grandchildren, even chasing them around the room, Fallon said. Clinton exited the building on her own, wearing sunglasses and carrying a handbag.

She waved to reporters and said, “I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.” She was then driven to her home in suburban Chappaqua, New York.

The public was left in the dark about Clinton’s whereabouts for about 90 minutes, sparking widespread speculation about her condition. That was a mistake, Fallon said.

“In those 90 minutes that elapsed, we could have gotten more information out more quickly,” he said in an interview on MSNBC. “That’s on us and we regret that.”

Clinton’s doctor, Lisa R. Barback, later came to her home and conducted an examination. In a statement released by the campaign eight hours after the incident, Bardack said the 68-year-old Clinton “became overheated and dehydrated” at the 9-11 ceremony. By the end of the day, she was “rehydrated and recovering nicely,” she said.

Campaign aides said it was Clinton’s decision to attend weekend fundraisers and the Sunday ceremony, despite Friday’s diagnosis. Late Sunday evening, she cancelled a California campaign swing scheduled for early this week. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton will headline some of her events, an aide announced late Monday.

Hillary Clinton is expected to be back on the campaign trail as soon as Wednesday.

“It was her decision to want to press on,” Fallon said in an interview on CNN. “But I think after yesterday’s incident, everybody was agreed that she should take a couple of days off the trail.”


Clinton’s campaign staff were ill before she got pneumonia

  1. Second article from this site making excuses for Shilary. The woman couldn’t stand up but she was able to “chase” her grand kids around…what BS. Shilary has serious health issues but the media keep making excuses, going so far as to talk about other Presidents who had health issues as an excuse for her ailments…begining to think that Trump may be right…she could commit murder and the media would cover it up or make excuses.

    • Trump may be right…she could commit murder and the media would cover it up or make excuses.

      I think you have that backwards. The press dwells for lengthy periods on every slip Hilary makes, but glosses over all kinds of serious problems with Trump. Oh sure, they report on the stupid things he says (that’s impossible to avoid, given the sheer quantity) – but next to no time is spent on the truly serious things.

    • The Rob Ford strategy that Trump has adhered to, has paid off…at least it is exemplified in your belief that “something” is the matter with Hillary’s health. You repeat a lie enough times and people start to believe it because “they have heard it before”. Any denials are then shown as proof that “they must be hiding something” if they are putting so much energy into trying to clarify the issue. I note that you criticize media for “helping Hillary”.
      Unfortunately this simple “marketing” strategy has no place in the game of choosing the leader of a major country. This is not a Celebrity Contestant. This is a Presidential Nominee.