Clinton Spox: Hillary's Fine; She Ran Around Chelsea's Apartment–But We'll Release More Health Records

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Sep 12, 2016 2:15 PM
Clinton Spox: Hillary's Fine; She Ran Around Chelsea's Apartment–But We'll Release More Health Records

The Clinton campaign is going to release more records about Hillary’s health. They said we could expect something within the week. The release of these new documents relating to Clinton’s health was prompted after a medical episode at the 9/11 Memorial on Sunday. Clinton left the memorial early and wobbled as she was led into her van by her security detail. The Clinton campaign said she was overheated, though later in the day, they came clean and said she was actually suffering from pneumonia (via WaPo):

Hillary Clinton’s campaign will release additional medical records this week, a campaign aide said, bowing to growing criticism about how the campaign handled news of her pneumonia diagnosis.

“We’re going to be releasing additional medical information,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said on MSNBC on Monday.

The decision to make additional disclosures came as the campaign has come under a new round of scrutiny for a lack of transparency following Clinton’s abrupt, stumbling departure from a commemoration Sunday of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Democrats and Republicans criticized Clinton for leaving the public and the media in the dark for much of the day, feeding rumors about Clinton’s health and fueling the perception that she is unnecessarily secretive.

Aides acknowledged Monday that the campaign should have handled news of Clinton’s dizzy spell and pneumonia diagnosis differently.

The campaign has said that they could’ve handled the situation better, as the press didn’t know where Clinton went or the status of her condition for about 90 minutes. It was eventually revealed that Clinton had gone to Chelsea's apartment in Manhattan. Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon has been on MSNBC, CNN saying how Clinton was fine when she entered the van. With Andrea Mitchell, Fallon said that the former first lady was alert, making calls to aides, and played with her grandchildren at her daughter's apartment. So, Clinton’s fine, but she also has pneumonia (that's not fine).

On CNN, Wolf Blitzer asked Fallon if the campaign would’ve been forthcoming about Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis if there wasn't video of her in a severely weakened state, stumbling to get into her van. Fallon pretty much said yes, since they left abruptly (and it wasn't like no one saw them leave)—though I’m no so sure about that.

On her doctor’s orders, Clinton has canceled her campaign excursion to California, but will teleconference into one, according to the LA Times.