Hillary Clinton left the viewing area of 9/11 memorial ceremony around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. | Getty
NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton left the 9/11 memorial ceremony early on Sunday after feeling “overheated,” her campaign said.
Clinton left the viewing area around 9:30 a.m., just over an hour after arriving, and went to her daughter Chelsea Clinton’s apartment, according to spokesman Nick Merrill, who added she “is feeling much better.”
Earlier in the morning, news reports had circulated that Clinton had left due to a medical episode and was driven away early.
Because the event was a small, non-campaign event, just a small pool of reporters was there to witness the ceremony, but those on hand did not witness any incident. Calls and emails to more than a dozen Clinton staffers and associates asking for explanation were not returned.
Donald Trump was also in attendance at the event marking 15 years since the terrorist attacks, remaining until later in the morning.
Clinton’s health has been an issue in the campaign in recent months.
Trump supporters have actively fanned rumors about her health, in some cases circulating false medical letters purporting to be from her doctor.
Clinton’s camp felt compelled to respond in mid-August, releasing a statement from her physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, proclaiming Clinton’s “excellent health” while re-circulating a letter describing her health in greater detail.
“To reiterate what I said in my previous statement, Secretary Clinton is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States,” she said last month. Clinton herself has always dismissed health questions when asked about them, and her campaign called speculation in the conservative media “deranged conspiracy theories.”
In late August, Clinton addressed the claims on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show.
“Back in October, the National Enquirer said I would be dead in six months. So with every breath I take I feel like I have a new lease on life,” she said. “I don’t know why they are saying this. I think on the one hand, it is part of the wacky strategy — just say all these crazy things and maybe you can get some people to believe you.”
Much of the whispering about Clinton’s health stems from her December 2012 concussion and ensuing blood clot during the closing days of her tenure at the State Department. The conversation re-ignited in recent days after FBI records showed she said she could not recall every briefing she received.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attends the September 11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on September 11, 2016 in New York City. JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday became “overheated” at a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in New York City and departed the event early, according to a campaign spokesman.
Spokesman Nick Merrill said Clinton went to daughter Chelsea Clinton’s apartment in New York and is “feeling much better.”
Clinton departed the event after about 90 minutes while the ceremony was underway, Merrill said. He gave no further details about her condition.
After Clinton left the event, U.S. media reported she had fallen ill.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly has raised questions about Clinton’s health and whether she had the energy to serve as president.
In December 2012, Clinton, 68, suffered a concussion and shortly afterward had a blood clot.
In a letter released by her doctor in July, Clinton was described as being in “excellent health” and “fit to serve” in the White House.
(Reporting by Amanda Becker in New York, Alana Wise and Richard Cowan in Washington; Editing by Mary Milliken)
The Daily Mail report:
Hillary Clinton has been rushed from the 9/11 memorial service because of a ‘medical episode’.
The Democratic presidential candidate was standing alongside rival Donald Trump and other politicians when she was abruptly led away.
She was seen being led away from the World Trade Center by her security detail and appeared to faint when she was led into a van, witnesses have said.
Nick Merrill, her travelling press secretary, said Clinton ‘overheated’ during the ceremony, so went to her daughter Chelsea’s apartment.
Clinton left at around 9:30, but her team did not confirm why she had been driven away until 11am.
Onlookers have also said her symptoms seemed far worse than her aides have suggested.
Hillary Clinton has reportedly been rushed from the 9/11 memorial service because of a ‘medical episode’. She is seen leaving the World Trade Center with her security detail
The Democratic presidential candidate was standing alongside rival Donald Trump and other politicians when she apparently fainted, according to reports
One of Clinton’s handlers is seen with his arm across her shoulders. She is seen with her arm resting on his back as she leaves the ceremony
Merrill said in a statement: ‘Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen.
‘During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.’
When she was taken away, she had to wait for a couple of minutes for her motorcade as it wasn’t waiting for her, witnesses said.
Fox News reporter Rick Levanthal said one person standing 15ft away from her told him her knees buckled as she stepped off of a curb.
She also appeared to lose a shoe as she walked into the vehicle.
Her detail retrieved a shoe from underneath the van and helped the former Secretary of State inside, according to reports.
The temperature was around 80 degrees at Ground Zero during the service.
Clinton was standing in the middle of a crowd of politicians packed together in a small space.
It is not known if she was standing in direct sunlight. There are many shaded areas surrounding the memorial.
Her campaign team said she ‘overheated’ during the ceremony. It was around 80 degrees at Ground Zero during the service
Onlookers have also said her symptoms seemed far worse than her aides have suggested
Witnesses said her departure from the service was ‘unexpected’, but they said it was ‘clear’ that she had a medical episode
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