Clinton to return to the campaign trail Thursday

Hillary Clinton will return to campaigning Thursday after canceling a West Coast trip to recover from a bout of pneumonia, her spokesman Nick Merrill said in an email Tuesday.

Merrill said Clinton spent the day at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., on the phone, "catching up on reading briefings" and watching President Obama on TV as he campaigned for her in Philadelphia.

Clinton has been sidelined with pneumonia since abruptly leaving a 9/11 memorial event Sunday. The campaign later revealed that she had been diagnosed with the illness on Friday.

Clinton did not disclose her diagnosis earlier because she "didn't think it was going to be that big a deal," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper during a phone interview Monday.

"I'm feeling so much better. and obviously I should have gotten some rest sooner," she told Cooper. Her doctor had told her to rest for five days, but she ignored the advice because she thought she "could power through it," she said.

Her campaign received criticism from political commentators and the Trump campaign for the lack of transparency about her illness. Clinton admitted that "maybe weren't fast enough" in getting the information to the media.

She had planned to campaign in Las Vegas on Wednesday and former president Bill Clinton will headline the event in her place, the Associated Press reported.


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