Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, suddenly paused during press conference

Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader paused and appeared unable to continue for more than 30 seconds as he grabbed the podium on Wednesday at his weekly press conference with top Senate GOP leaders. As other leaders resumed their press conference, third-ranking Republican and physician Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming walked a short distance with McConnell toward the Senate floor.

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 26: (L-R) Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) reaches out to help Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after McConnell froze and stopped talking at the microphones during a news conference after a lunch meeting with Senate Republicans. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Wyoming’s John Barrasso was spotted holding Mitch McConnell’s arm and speaking to him in a whisper, asking, “Hey Mitch, anything else you want to say?

He remained silent as a staff member took him away from the news conference and toward his office. A few minutes later, he made his way back to the news conference.
According to a McConnell aide, the senator “felt lightheaded and stepped away for a moment.”

The aide claimed, “He came back to handle Q and A, which as everyone witnessed was sharp.

The Senate Republican leader told reporters as he departed the Capitol that he was “fine” and that he had spoken with President Joe Biden. “The president then called to see how I was doing. I told him I got sandbagged,” he recalled, nodding to a joke Biden had made earlier in the month after falling over a sandbag.

McConnell was constantly questioned about his health and whether he planned to consult a doctor. He always said, “I’m fine.”

He came back to the Capitol on Wednesday night for late votes, but he dodged any inquiries about his health upon arrival.

Mitch McConnell health Issue

After falling earlier this year and breaking his ribs and sustaining a concussion, McConnell, 81, has raised concerns about his health. Prior to his return to the Senate in the spring, he had to spend several weeks in rehab after being admitted to the hospital.

When a portion of the brain experiences a temporary halt in blood flow, transient ischemic attacks happen. They often last five to ten minutes, according to Dr. Schwamm.

Dr. Saver said that a seizure, maybe brought on by a head injury, was also conceivable. A migraine was listed by the neurologists as a different, less likely potential cause of the incident.

Mitch McConnell politics

In 2020, Mr. McConnell was re-elected for a seventh term, and if he choose to run again in 2026, he would be up for election. Senator Rick Scott of Florida opted to run against Mr. McConnell after managing a Senate campaign organization that failed to retake the majority, but he was defeated and retained his position as party leader in November. Mr. . McConnell had the support of an overwhelming majority of Republicans,, but the competition itself was notable because Mr. McConnell had generally been elected leader without a vote.

His accident and the accompanying health problems were yet another example of the difficulties an institution with an aged clientele faces. California Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat who just turned 90, missed many months of the Senate’s earlier sessions due to a variety of health difficulties. As a result, Democrats’ efforts to approve several divisive judicial nominations in the tightly divided Senate were momentarily hindered by her absence.

After appearing before the media once more on Wednesday, Mr. McConnell intelligently responded to inquiries about the likelihood that the House will impeach President Biden, Hunter Biden’s criminal case, and the status of the appropriations process.

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