Hoyer: Clinton Should Have Immediately Disclosed Pneumonia Diagnosis

• September 14, 2016 9:47 am


House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said Wednesday on CNBC that Hillary Clinton should have immediately disclosed her pneumonia diagnosis and called for a full medical report about her illness.

Clinton’s collapse as she left the Sept. 11 memorial in New York on Sunday was initially blamed on her overheating in warm weather. Hours later, the campaign revealed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier.

Campaign manager Robby Mook said earlier Wednesday on Squawk Box that Clinton kept her diagnosis a secret initially because she did not want to "disrupt the campaign," leading host Andrew Ross Sorkin to ask Hoyer, a Clinton supporter, if she should have revealed it immediately.

Hoyer chuckled.

"Yes, I think she should have, and I frankly think she ought to release a full medical report to make sure that the people understand that she is fully able to carry out the duties of President of the United States," Hoyer said.

While he did not use the "power through" talking point that Clinton’s surrogates tried to push to the media this week about why Clinton attended the 9/11 memorial in spite of her illness, Hoyer did say she had been "going hard for over a year."

"No doubt in my mind she is fully able to be President of the United States," he said. "She’s got pneumonia. You got pneumonia, you get weak, and she probably shouldn’t have been there, but it was 9/11, and she felt a responsibility to be there. She probably made a judgment of error."