Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton announced on Monday that she will resume her presidential campaign in a couple of days in spite of a bout of pneumonia which she said was not “that big a deal”.
Clinton’s Sunday collapse, which caused her to cancel some campaign trips, reraised concerns regarding the tendency towards secrecy that has surrounded her campaign as well as questions about the medical wellbeing of the candidates for one of the most physically gruelling jobs in the world.
“Well, it will be in the next couple of days. … I just want to get this over and done with and get back on the trail as soon as possible,” she said in a CNN interview on Monday night, ignoring her doctor’s orders to rest.
“I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal”, she added.
Her campaign has conceded on Monday that it had been too delayed in disclosing her pneumonia diagnosis after she came close to fainting at a 9/11 attack memorial ceremony in New York City. She was also diagnosed with the lung infection on Friday.
“I think that in retrospect, we could have handled it better in terms of providing more information more quickly”, said Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon earlier.
The health debacle comes as the latest blow to Clinton’s campaign trail at a time when Republican rival Donald Trump has slashed most of her lead in national opinion polls and gained renewed competitiveness in battleground states.
The 68-year-old presidential nominee said she had dealt with similar episodes of dizziness in the past. “You know, it is something that has occurred a few times over the course of my life. I’m aware of it and usually can avoid it,” she revealed to CNN.
She was asked whether she passed out during the incident on Sunday, to which she replied: “No, I didn’t. I felt dizzy and I did lose my balance for a minute. Once I got in. Once I could sit down. Once I could cool off. Once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better”.
Her campaign also stated that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, would campaign on her behalf while she rests.
Both Clinton and Trump said they intended to disclose their medical details in the next couple of days, as they gear up for the presidential elections in November.