Democrat Hillary Clinton faced questions about her health yesterday after being diagnosed with pneumonia and falling ill at a 9/11 ceremony, renewing speculation about her fitness barely eight weeks from election day.
Clinton, who was forced to cancel a California fundraising trip yesterday and today, also faces questions over why her campaign took two days to reveal the pneumonia diagnosis.
A campaign spokesman announced the trip was cancelled just hours after the 68-year-old Democratic presidential candidate abruptly left the Ground Zero memorial in New York on Sunday, suffering from dehydration.
Clinton spent 90 minutes at the ceremony greeting relatives of those killed in the terror strikes 15 years ago, her campaign said.
The former secretary of state was a US senator for New York at the time of the attacks.
During the ceremony Clinton “felt overheated” so she left for her daughter Chelsea’s flat “and is feeling much better”.
The incident, in which a wobbly Clinton appeared to lose her footing as she was helped into her vehicle, was caught on amateur video posted on social media.
The campaign later released a statement from her personal doctor, Lisa Bardack, revealing that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and was suffering from dehydration.
“She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated,” Bardack said.
“I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely.”
The video posted on Twitter showed Clinton appearing unsteady as she waited to enter a vehicle to leave the 9/11 service.
She appeared to stumble as she was helped to the vehicle, and had to be held up on either side by members of her entourage.
It was a humid day in New York, with temperatures around 28°C.
A few hours later, Clinton walked out of her daughter’s home, smiling and posing for pictures before departing for her home in Chappaqua, just northeast of Manhattan.
“I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful day in New York,” Clinton said.
It was unclear whether she might campaign closer to home yesterday and today, or if she would campaign in the Las Vegas area as scheduled tomorrow.
But any loss of days ahead of the election could juxtapose poorly with an aggressively campaigning Trump.