Report: Clinton Had Fainting Spell During 9/11 Event, Had to Leave Early

Campaign: Clinton felt 'overheated' and went to Chelsea's apartment, feels better now

• September 11, 2016 10:17 am


Hillary Clinton reportedly had to leave an event commemorating the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City on Sunday because of a "medical episode."

Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal said a law enforcement source told him Clinton left the event early, appearing to faint on the curb and had to be helped into her van by her security detail, even losing one of her shoes. Reporters following Clinton tweeted they did not have any information about her current whereabouts.

"It happened in an area that was off-limits to the press, so the pool reporters that follow Hillary Clinton wherever she goes didn't see it. They didn't know about it," Leventhal said. "As far as we know, there were no cameras at that location."

Footage arose later of what Leventhal's source described.

He added there was no confirmation from the campaign at the time about why she left early.

"According to my source, who was 15 feet away … she was clearly having some kind of medical episode, stumbled and nearly fell as her knees buckled and she came off that curb, and then was helped by her protective detail into her van and left Ground Zero within the last 30 minutes," he said.

Press pool says reporters "being kept completely in the dark" about why @HillaryClinton abruptly left 9/11 event

— Ed Henry (@edhenry) September 11, 2016

Update, 11:09 a.m.: Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill released a statement that Clinton felt "overheated" and went to her daughter Chelsea's apartment to recuperate. She is now feeling "much better."

Update: 12:44 p.m.: Clinton emerged from her daughter's apartment late Sunday morning, saying she felt great and it was a beautiful day in New York. She did not take formal questions from reporters. She was then taken to her home in Chappaqua, New York, but pool reporters were not allowed to join.