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.”
Clinton smiled and waved as she left her daughter’s apartment building around 11:45. “I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful day in New York,” she said, greeted briefly by a small girl who approached her on the street.
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.
Temperatures on Sunday morning in New York hovered around 80 degrees most of the morning. At the start of the ceremony, the dew point was around 72 degrees – which produces oppressive humidity, according to meteorologists. The humidity declined sharply during the ceremony, and by 11 a.m., the air was drier and pleasant.
Clinton’s health has been an issue in the campaign in recent months.
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