DEMOCRATIC presidential nominee Hilary Clinton’s heavily publicised departure from a 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York has been attributed to pneumonia and the 68-year-old has been advised to reduce her heavy campaigning schedule over the next few weeks.
A now viral video showed the former Secretary of State and First Lady being helped into a vehicle by aides after leaving a Ground Zero ceremony she had attended for 90 minutes, with her campaign team initially saying that she felt “overheated”.
The episode has been seized upon by the campaign of Republican rival Donald Trump which has long suggested that Clinton is in frail health. Those claims has been roundly dismissed as mud-slinging but Sunday’s events have already seen right-wing press suggest that Clinton is unfit to be president.
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,” her doctor Lisa Bardack said in a statement. “On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. 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.”
Donald Trump, despite being two years older than Clinton, has bombastically declared his physical robustness throughout the campaign, releasing statements from his private medical team suggesting that he’d be the ‘healthiest president of all time’.
NEW YORK: VIDEO: Hillary Clinton is seen apparently collapsing, partially falling while leaving 9/11 memorial. pic.twitter.com/R7FBN3rXyT
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) 11 September 2016