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Mitch McConnell escorted away from cameras after freezing during a news conference

A couple of moments later, the Senate minority pioneer strolled back to the news gathering without anyone else.

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Pioneer Mitch McConnell out of nowhere quit talking during a week by week conservative initiative news gathering Wednesday evening, seeming to freeze, and afterward went quiet and was left.

McConnell, R-Ky., had been offering his initial comments about a yearly guard strategy bill when he quieted down. He was quiet for 19 seconds. His conservative partners found out if he was alright, and a top McConnell representative, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, a doctor, accompanied McConnell, 81, away from the cameras and correspondents.

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa made a hand motion that at first seemed to look like the indication of the cross. Her office later explained that she was motioning for Senate Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota.

A couple of moments later, McConnell strolled back to the news meeting without help from anyone else. Gotten some information about his wellbeing, he said he was fine. Found out if he is completely ready to go about his business, he said, “No doubt.”

Gotten some information about the episode, a helper highlighted McConnell's colloquialism, “I'm fine,” yet the associate added that McConnell “felt tipsy and ventured away briefly.”

“He returned to deal with back and forth discussion, which as everybody noticed was sharp,” the assistant said.

McConnell addressed journalists momentarily Wednesday night as he left the Legislative hall and said, “The president called to beware of me.”

“I let him know I got barricaded,” he kidded.

A White House official and a representative for the congressperson affirmed that President Joe Biden and McConnell talked by telephone Wednesday.


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Asked by correspondents how he was feeling, McConnell said, “I'm fine.” He didn't straightforwardly answer what happened before in the day or whether he saw a specialist.

McConnell stumbled and fell Walk 8 after an occasion for the Senate Initiative Asset — a conservative super PAC lined up with McConnell and GOP authority — at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington. He was hospitalized with a blackout and a minor rib break and was released Walk 13 preceding he entered recovery.

He didn't get back to the Senate, notwithstanding, until mid-April.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., let NBC News on Wednesday know that he met with McConnell after the Senate GOP initiative news gathering for a consistently booked gathering “to make up for lost time with the two houses.”

“He was great,” McCarthy said. “There was no worries about his wellbeing in the gathering.”

McConnell has served in the Senate starting around 1985. He isn't on the ballot until the 2026 midterm races.

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