‘Feeling better’

Hillary Clinton thought pneumonia diagnosis wouldn’t ‘be that big a deal’

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter Chelsea's home in New York, New York, United States September 11, 2016, after she left ceremonies commemorating the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks feeling "overheated." (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Hillary Clinton called into Anderson Cooper’s CNN show on Monday night to address the media circus surrounding the “overheating” spell she experienced at the 9/11 memorial service in New York City on Sunday. As we noted yesterday, the incident put her in good company with some legendary Republicans who also suffered health scares that turned into media frenzies. Clinton, who learned of the pneumonia diagnosis on Friday, told Cooper she’d kept it private because “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.” According to The New York Times, Clinton shared the news of the diagnosis with only an inner circle of family and friends.

Clinton told Cooper that she began feeling dizzy and decided it was time to leave the event on Sunday, after not following her doctor’s advice to stay home and rest. Of the video that emerged, which showed her lose her balance and need assistance getting into a van, she told him that she never lost consciousness and after a moment or two once she was in the van,  and “once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better.”

During an interview on MSNBC, Clinton’s campaign manager said, “She just wanted to plow through it, and I think that’s part of what’s going to make her a great president.” And Clinton called out the fact that the medical records she’s released meet the same standard as those released by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and that Trump has revealed even less about his medical condition than she has. Clinton added that she was taking a few days off from the campaign trail, following her doctor’s advice, and plans to resume campaigning on Thursday. Watch her complete interview on CNN last night.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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