“I’m feeling fine and getting better,” Clinton said Monday in a tweet. It was the first public statement by Clinton since her illness was revealed.
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The day after Hillary Clinton's campaign announced she was diagnosed with pneumonia, the Democratic nominee tweeted from her home in Chappaqua, New York, that she was “feeling fine and getting better.”
It was the first public statement by Clinton since her diagnosis was revealed.
On Sunday, Clinton was filmed stumbling and being helped into a van by Secret Service agents during the 9/11 Memorial service at Ground Zero. She was taken to her daughter Chelsea Clinton's nearby home, and emerged about an hour later seemingly refreshed.
“I’m feeling great,” she said to press, walking from her daughter's building to her car and stopping to pose for a picture with a child. “It’s a beautiful day in New York.”
Later on Sunday, Clinton's personal doctor Dr. Lisa Bardack released a statement saying that Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia the previous Friday, but decided not to cancel any scheduled events.
All day on Monday members of Clinton's campaign, including her running-mate, Tim Kaine, gave interviews about Clinton's health. They revealed that much of her team had also fallen ill with pneumonia, and acknowledged that there were better ways they could have handled informing the public about Clinton's illness.
New York Senator Charles Schumer, who was standing near Clinton during the September 11 ceremony, revealed Monday that he too was recently diagnosed with pneumonia, though he had made a full recovery by Sunday.
Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon told MSNBC on Monday that pneumonia was the “extent of what she's been diagnosed with.” He said the former secretary of state is resting at home, per her doctor's orders, on antibiotics, and is “not contagious.”
He said that in the 90 minutes after Clinton's episode — when her aides were refusing to tell reporters Clinton's condition or whereabouts — the campaign was more focused on making her feel better than notifying the press of her condition.
“I think that in retrospect, we could have handled it better in terms of providing more information more quickly,” Fallon said. He added that the campaign now plans to release more extensive medical records for the sake of transparency.
Two people with “direct knowledge” of Clinton's health told Politico that the former secretary of state strongly dislikes drinking water, which exacerbated her pneumonia and dehydration during Sunday's ceremony.
Following the episode, campaign staffers reportedly frantically tried to rehydrate Clinton with multiple bottles of water and Gatorade.
“She won’t drink water, and you try telling Hillary Clinton she has to drink water,” one of the people reportedly present told Politico. They added that once she got into her air conditioned van and rehydrated, she immediately got back to work, making calls and trying to figure out the best next move.