Hillary Clinton Leaves 9/11 Event Early; Has Pneumonia



(MSNBC) Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with pneumonia, according to a note from her doctor put out by the campaign on Sunday.

The revelation came just hours after she abruptly left a Sept. 11 memorial service at Ground Zero in New York City where she appeared unsteady as she departed in an SUV. The campaign said in a statement that Clinton felt “overheated.”

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, said Clinton would remain at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., to rest. A planned trip to California for events Monday and Tuesday was canceled, he said.

The pneumonia diagnosis was made two days ago, according to her doctor, following a widely reported “coughing fit” days earlier, which her team had blamed on “allergies.”

“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,” Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, in the statement Sunday afternoon.

“On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” Bardack said. “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.”

Earlier after Clinton had left the 9/11 ceremony just an hour and a half after it began, her camp put out a statement saying, “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”

Rival presidential candidate Donald Trump and his surrogates have persistently raised questions about Clinton’s health as a potential campaign issue.

A video posted to Twitter showed Clinton getting into a vehicle looking unsteady and requiring support from an aide.

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