Hillary Clinton cancels California trip after pneumonia forces departure from 9/11 ceremony

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Doctor reveals presidential nominee was diagnosed on Friday and has been advised to rest

Hillary Clinton has cancelled a trip to California to attend fundraising events after it emerged the Democratic presidential nominee has pneumonia and been advised to rest by her doctor.

An aide announced the cancellation on Sunday night following Clintons abrupt departure from the 9/11 memorial ceremony in downtown Manhattan because, her campaign initially said, she felt overheated.

Clinton was scheduled to attend fundraisers on Monday and Tuesday in California, and tape an episode of the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

On Sunday morning Clinton was helped into a car away from the memorial, where she had been attending a ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. She later travelled to her daughters apartment, and eventually to her home in Chappaqua, New York, before her campaign gave a more complete explanation of what had happened.

Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies, Dr Lisa R Bardack said in a statement. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

While at this mornings event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely.

Clinton left the Ground Zero ceremony after an hour and 30 minutes. Video posted by a bystander to Twitter appeared to show the former secretary of state extremely unsteady and supported by aides, being helped from the curb into a vehicle.

A security official who did not wish to be identified told the Guardian Clinton had walked from the ceremony without support, got into a vehicle and been driven away.

She didnt look great, he said. Maybe she was dehydrated. These guys work 16 hours every day.

A statement from her campaign spokesman, Nick Merrill, subsequently said: Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and 30 minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen.

Later versions of the statement omitted the word just.

Merrill added: During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughters apartment, and is feeling much better.

Clintons van and security detail travelled to Chelsea Clintons Manhattan apartment, in the Flatiron at 26th and Madison Avenue.

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Hillary Clinton departs the 9/11 memorial. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Reporters travelling with the campaign noticed Clintons departure from the memorial at about 9.36am. The campaign did not respond to their questions or those from the Guardian until 11.03am local time, an unusually long lapse from a meticulous campaign organisation. The campaign later said Clinton had not intended to stay for the entire ceremony at Ground Zero, where temperatures were in the low 80s fahrenheit, about 28C, with relatively low humidity of around 46%.

Clinton left her daughters apartment at about 11.45am, smiling and waving to a scrum of cameras and posing for a picture with a young girl before stepping into a campaign vehicle.

Im feeling great. Its a beautiful day in New York, she said, before heading for her home in Chappaqua, in New York state. According to the Clinton campaign, Dr Bardack examined Clinton there.

Clinton, who spoke at a fundraising event in New York on Friday night, recently sustained a coughing attack during a campaign event in Cleveland, fuelling rightwing suspicion about her health and leading to the creation of a hashtag, #HackingHillary. Her opponent, Donald Trump, used reaction on social media to push his case that the press is biased, tweeting: Mainstream media never covered Hillarys massive hacking or coughing attack, yet it is #1 trending. Whats up?

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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