Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low MORE’s campaign manager Robby Mook repeatedly dodged questions about whether he and other top campaign officials knew that the Democratic nominee had been diagnosed with pneumonia before she fell ill in public over the weekend.
In an interview with MSNBC on Monday, anchor Kate Snow asked Mook five times if he knew about the diagnosis, which the Clinton campaign made public Sunday only after video surfaced of her stumbling and needing assistance getting into a van.
“I’m not going to get into details about who knew her medical information,” Mook said on Snow’s third run through the question. “But she made a determination with her doctor that she’d power through this. She didn’t want it to affect anything and obviously this on Sunday, when she got overheated, it was clear she needed some downtime.”
Snow followed up twice more, noting that as campaign manager, Mook is responsible for Clinton’s schedule. The Democratic nominee has cancelled a planned Monday/Tuesday West Coast swing for fundraisers and speeches as she recuperates at home in New York.
“I’m reading between the lines that the staff did not know she had pneumonia,” Snow said.
“Well look, I want to be fair here, if we’re going to talk about transparency and disclosure, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE has not released a single piece of information about his health,” Mook responded.
“Did the staff not know she had pneumonia, am I right about that?,” Snow asked in reply.
“All I’m saying is I hope you drill into this with the same detail as you’re drilling in with ours,” Mook said.
Even tho Fallon just said he knew on Friday (on same network, 3 hrs earlier). Very mixed messaging. https://t.co/MbveLB8eKP— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) September 12, 2016
The Clinton campaign has been criticized for its handling of information about the nominee’s illness.
Last week, the campaign sought to shame journalists for reporting on her coughing fit at a campaign event.
And after Clinton left the 9/11 memorial early on Sunday and video emerged of her becoming wobbly on the street, it took 90 minutes for the campaign to release a statement saying she had “overheated” and retreated to daughter Chelsea Clinton’s apartment.
Campaign officials say she never lost consciousness, and insist that she was alert and continued working on the drive to Chelsea's apartment. They say that once she got there, she hydrated and played with her grandchildren.
“She did not lose consciousness, she stumbled getting into the van, from the van she was calling aides and we got her to a doctor as quickly as we could,” Mook said.
Several hours later, the campaign released a statement saying Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
The campaign has acknowledged it could have been more transparent, and says it will release more information about Clinton’s health later this week.
Clinton’s next scheduled public appearance is a rally on Wednesday in Nevada, although Mook would not say if he believed Clinton would be back on her feet by then.
He said she is resting and was back to work on Monday morning making phone calls and emailing people.