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Hillary Clinton bids to dispel health fears

By Lisa Lerer

Published 13/09/2016

Upbeat: Hillary Clinton waves off her health scare
Upbeat: Hillary Clinton waves off her health scare

Hillary Clinton plans to release additional health records after an abrupt departure from a 9/11 anniversary ceremony raised concerns about her fitness to serve as commander in chief.

The questions about her health were compounded by nearly eight hours of silence from Mrs Clinton and her team about the health scare, as well as the disclosure she had been diagnosed with pneumonia.

A Clinton spokesman admitted that information should have been released more quickly.

Mrs 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 Mrs Clinton was examined at her home in suburban New York and "is now rehydrated and recovering nicely".

The campaign has asked Dr Barback to prepare Mrs Clinton's medical records to be made public, according to spokesman Brian Fallon, and the Democratic nominee is expected to be back on the campaign trail by mid-week. Late on Sunday, she cancelled plans to travel to California for two days of fundraising, campaigning and an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.

"There's no other undisclosed condition. The pneumonia is the extent of it," Mr Fallon said.

But less than two months from election day, it did not look good as Mrs Clinton tries to project the vigour needed for one of the world's most demanding jobs.

No longer can Donald Trump's questions about Mrs Clinton's physical stamina be summarily dismissed.

In phone-in television interviews on Monday morning, Mr Trump was uncharacteristically subdued about Mrs Clinton's health issues. On CNBC, he said he took no satisfaction in her problems.

On Fox News, he said he hopes "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 September 26.

Mr Trump also said he had a physical last week and will release detailed health information when he gets the results, which are expected in coming days.

"I think they're going to be good. I feel great," he said.

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