Hillary Clinton rushed from 9/11 memorial service following medical episode
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.
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.