You would think the people that want Hillary to be the healthiest are her own campaign team. But when they forego the ER as a political move, you’ve got to question their real intentions. Check this out.
Hillary Clinton was headed to an emergency room following her frightening collapse at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony — but detoured to daughter Chelsea Clinton’s apartment to keep details of her medical treatment under wraps, The Post has learned.
Secret Service protocol called for the Democratic presidential nominee to be rushed to a state-designated Level I Trauma Center in the wake of her Sunday morning health crisis, sources said. In Manhattan, that would be Bellevue Hospital.
But a campaign operative decided to change course to avoid having Clinton seen by doctors, nurses and other medical workers who could leak details to reporters, according to a source.
In addition, Clinton’s van was supposed to be escorted by an NYPD detail, but the Secret Service whisked her away from Ground Zero before cops could accompany her, another source said.
The former secretary of state had told police officials that she didn’t want the escort at all, but the NYPD overruled that request, the source added.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller said Clinton’s “early departure was transmitted in real time by the Secret Service to the NYPD.”
“There was no lack of communication, nor diminution of security,” he added.
The campaign initially claimed that Clinton left the 15th annual observance at Ground Zero because she “felt overheated” — before revealing hours later that she was actually suffering from a bout of pneumonia diagnosed Friday.
In a statement released by the campaign, Clinton’s personal physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, said she examined the candidate at her home in Chappaqua, and pronounced her “recovering nicely” after becoming “overheated and dehydrated.”
Campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said the Clinton team “disputed the account” and released a statement saying:
“As soon as she got into the vehicle, she was feeling fine. Her preference was to go to Chelsea’s. Based on an assessment of her condition and after having conferred with her physician, the staff and the Secret Service thought it was appropriate.”
Appearing on CNN Monday evening, Clinton said she did not disclose her diagnosis last Friday because she “didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal.”
Clinton went on to explain that the illness started out as a nagging cough that she supposed had been due to seasonal allergies. When the cough did not subside, she decided to see a doctor.
Both Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump — who has repeatedly questioned whether Clinton is healthy enough to lead the nation — promised on Monday to release more medical information in the wake of her caught-on-camera collapse.