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Campaign 2016 updates: Hillary Clinton cancels trip to California after pneumonia diagnosis is revealed

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Hillary Clinton‘s campaign revealed Sunday, after the Democrat felt unwell and left a Sept. 11 commemoration, that she was diagnosed Friday with pneumonia.

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  • Later, her doctor says she has pneumonia, and her campaign cancels her trip to California
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Clinton cancels California trip in aftermath of illness

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Hillary Clinton canceled her trip to California planned for Monday and Tuesday after she revealed she had pneumonia and had appeared unsteady on her feet Sunday.

“Secretary Clinton will not be traveling to California tomorrow or Tuesday,” spokesman Nick Merrill said Sunday evening.

Clinton had been scheduled to spend two days in the state for fundraisers and the taping of an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The announcement came on the heels of a frantic day when the Democratic presidential nominee abruptly left a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony in New York because she felt overheated. A bystander’s video showed Clinton struggling to stand and needing help climbing into a van.

Clinton’s personal physician examined her at her home and announced that she was recovering but had been diagnosed with pneumonia two days prior during an evaluation for a prolonged cough.

Clinton’s health has been the subject of both questions and conspiracy theories at least since she fell at her home in late 2012 and suffered a concussion. Speculation has ramped up in recent weeks after Trump began discussing it at rallies.

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Clinton being treated for pneumonia, her doctor says

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Hillary Clinton, who had to leave a Sept. 11 ceremony early because she didn’t feel well Sunday, is being treated for pneumonia, her doctor said in a statement after examining the Democratic candidate at her house Sunday afternoon.

“While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely,” said Dr. Lisa R. Bardack in a written statement.

Bardack said that Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

“She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule,” the physician wrote.

Clinton’s early departure from the ceremony and a video that showed her struggling to stand as she left stoked speculation about the state of her health. Her critics and GOP rival Donald Trump have been questioning her physical fitness for office, pointing to her periodic coughing fits.

Bardack, Clinton’s physician for more than a decade, said in her statement that the Democratic nominee’s cough was related to allergies and the pneumonia was diagnosed during an evaluation of the cough.

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Video shows Hillary Clinton struggling to stand as she left 9/11 ceremony

Video emerged Sunday of Hillary Clinton struggling to stand and needing help to get into her vehicle as questions swirled about the Democratic presidential nominee’s health after she abruptly left a 9/11 ceremony in New York City.

In the 19-second video, a woman is seen clutching Clinton’s left arm as her vehicle approaches, and then two men grab both of her arms and help her into the vehicle as her knees appear to buckle.

Clinton was attending a 9/11 ceremony when she left around 9:30 a.m. because she felt “overheated,” according to campaign spokesman Nick Merrill.

“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,” Merrill said in a statement. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”

Shortly before noon, Clinton left Chelsea Clinton’s apartment, wearing sunglasses and waving to diners at a nearby restaurant.

“I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful day in New York,” Clinton said, before heading to her home in Chappaqua.

Republicans have focused on Clinton’s health on the campaign trail, with GOP nominee Donald Trump repeatedly questioning her strength and stamina.

Sunday’s incident will only amplify these questions, in part because of the abrupt nature of her departure from the ceremony and the lack of details about what occurred from her campaign. The reporters who were traveling with Clinton were not told about her condition or her whereabouts for 90 minutes after she left the ceremony.

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Hillary Clinton leaves 9/11 event in New York after feeling unwell

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leaves the 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony on Sept. 11.
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Hillary Clinton left early from a Sept. 11 memorial service in New York on Sunday after feeling unwell.

Her campaign spokesman Nick Merrill released a statement saying that the Democratic presidential nominee left the commemoration ceremony after an hour and a half because she felt “overheated.”

“During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better,” Merrill said.

Shortly before noon, Clinton left her daughter’s apartment, wearing sunglasses and waving at diners at a nearby restaurant.

“I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful day in New York,” Clinton said.

The incident is likely to give new ammunition to Clinton’s critics who have been arguing in recent weeks that she does not have the “stamina” to be president.

Clinton has denied any health problems.

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