Hillary Clinton will return to the campaign trail on Thursday, following a three-day absence after she nearly collapsed at the World Trade Center memorial service amid a bout of pneumonia.
Mrs. Clinton will appear in Greensboro, N.C., a day
after her doctor released new details about her treatment over the last
The moment will allow Mrs. Clinton
to attempt to reassure anyone with lingering questions about her health,
and to try to get beyond an issue that has dominated the race all week.
It will also allow her to resume focusing on coming debates against her
Republican rival, Donald J. Trump.
Mrs. Clinton’s team left an opening for her critics
to question her level of transparency, a topic that has bedeviled her,
when her aides said that she had left the ceremony because
she had “overheated,” but that she was feeling better. They revealed the
pneumonia diagnosis after a viral video was taken by one of Mrs.
Clinton’s supporters, standing nearby, as she got into her van.
Mr. Trump’s aides have urged his supporters not to
publicly discuss Mrs. Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis to avoid looking as
if they are exploiting an unfortunate circumstance or being insensitive.
It was Mr. Trump who broke the seal on that request on Wednesday
night at a rally in Ohio, at which he expressed for concern for Mrs.
Clinton but also noted that she was “lying in bed,” adding that he was
standing through a hot event. “I don’t know folks, do you think Hillary
would be able to stand up here for an hour?” said Mr. Trump, who spent
much of the last year questioning Mrs. Clinton’s “stamina.”
The risk for Mr. Trump and Republicans who have
repeatedly questioned the state of her health during the campaign
is that of overstating the case, particularly if Mrs. Clinton recovers
from her pneumonia and seems restored on the campaign trail and at the
Left, Doug Mills/The New York Times; Damon Winter/ The New York Times