A day after her abrupt departure from a 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York, Hillary Clinton announced plans to release additional health records.
Questions about her health were compounded by the nearly eight hours of silence from Clinton and her team about the health scare, as well as the Sunday evening disclosure she had been diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia. A Clinton spokesman acknowledged Monday that information should have been released more quickly.
On Sunday, Clinton left the 9/11 memorial an hour earlier than planned. She had spent about 90 minutes standing with other dignitaries in the sun on a warm and humid day.
Her departure was not witnessed by the reporters who travel with her campaign. Aides provided no information about why she left or her whereabouts for nearly two hours. Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill eventually said Clinton had gone to her daughter’s nearby apartment, but refused to say whether she had required medical attention.
Clinton exited the apartment 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 Chappaqua, New York.
Clinton’s doctor said the 68-year-old former secretary of state “became overheated and dehydrated” at the 9/11 ceremony in Manhattan. Dr. Lisa R. Barback said Clinton was examined at her home in suburban New York and “is now rehydrated and recovering nicely.”
The campaign has asked Barback to prepare Clinton’s medical records to be made public, according to spokesman Brian Fallon, and the Democratic nominee is expected to back on the campaign trail by mid-week. Late Sunday, she canceled plans to travel to California for two days of fundraising, campaign events and an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.
“There’s no other undisclosed condition. The pneumonia is the extent of it,” Fallon said, in an interview with MSNBC.
Meanwhile Donald Trump told Fox News that he had a physical last week and will release his health records shortly “When the numbers come in, I’ll be releasing very, very specific numbers,” Trump said Monday on “Fox and Friends.” He also said he’s hopeful that “she gets well and gets back on the trail and we’ll be seeing her at the debate.” The first of three debates is scheduled for Sept. 26.
Image: Hillary Clinton walks from her daughter’s apartment building Sunday after leaving a 9/11 anniversary ceremony early on Sunday. AP / Craig Ruttle