Clinton team, acknowledging missteps, says more health info coming

Ailing Clinton cancels fundraisers

NEW YORK — The Clinton campaign is acknowledging their handling of the Democratic presidential nominee's health episode Sunday may not have gone all that smoothly and announced that more medical information would be released in the coming days.

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, speaking with MSNBC on Monday, said that additional details about the candidate's health status would be made public this week but that there was "no other undisclosed condition." On Sunday, the campaign released a statement from Clinton's doctor stating that the candidate had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

Meanwhile, in response to a knock from former Obama strategist David Axelrod, Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's communications director, said the campaign "could have done better" with its handling of Clinton's health episode Sunday, before hitting Donald Trump for his lack of transparency.

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton attended the 9/11 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero but left because she was feeling unwell around 9:30 a.m. Video from outside the event appeared to show Clinton collapsing as she got into her van.

The press traveling with Clinton remained inside the event for nearly an hour and a half without any information about what was happening after she left. A statement at 11 a.m. said that Clinton left after feeling “overheated.”

Clinton’s traveling press saw Clinton leave daughter Chelsea Clinton's apartment — where she had been resting — and get into her van to head back home to Chappaqua, N.Y., around 11:45 a.m.. But there was no more information given, besides confirmation that she had arrived home nearly two hours after leaving her daughter's, until after 5 p.m.

At that point, the campaign said Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and put on antibiotics.

“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,” Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, said in a statement.

Five more hours passed before the campaign announced it would, in fact, be canceling Clinton’s trip to California on Monday.

The Trump campaign has jumped on the Clinton team for its lack of transparency. Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, even tweeted out her kudos to Axelrod’s statement Monday.

However, Donald Trump was also at the memorial in New York on Sunday, and the campaign did not coordinate with his press pool so that they could attend. Recently, the campaign left the pool in Arizona while Trump went to meet with the president of Mexico in Mexico City.

Trump has also refused to release his tax returns, something all other presidential candidates in recent history have done. On Monday, he promised to release results of his recent medical examination soon. So far during the campaign, Trump has released just a four-paragraph letter attesting to the candidate's good health that his doctor said he wrote in five minutes.


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