Top Republican Has Serious Health Scare

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( – On Wednesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) froze mid-sentence during his opening remarks at a leadership press conference. The 20-second pause taken by the minority leader led to concerns among Senators and members of the press.

McConnell during his remarks he had stated that the Senate was working to finish their efforts on the annual defense authorization bill, which he referred to as having “good bipartisan cooperation.” However, McConnell did not finish his sentence as he ended up freezing for 20 seconds and just starting ahead without saying anything more.

The moment resulted in some people from his leadership team reaching out to check whether he was okay, including Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairwoman, and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), the Senate Republican Conference Committee Chairman.

Barrasso, who is a doctor, proceeded to ask McConnell whether there was anything more he would like to say before leading him back to his office. He then proceeded to talk to an aide of McConnell and helped the Republican leader reach his office.

McConnell, 81, ended up returning to the leadership press conference before the remarks from other leadership team members were finished. He proceeded to take the first question from a reporter, which he does on Wednesdays regularly.

CNN’s Manu Raju proceeded to ask whether McConnell’s health was not well or if he was dealing with the effects of his concussion a few months prior. To this, McConnell argued that he was fine. The report then questioned if “fine” also meant he was able to perform his job, to which McConnell replied that it did. He has since stated that he has no plans on stepping down, despite certain demands.

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