Not like the president, who’s required to make public the detailed outcomes of his annual bodily, members of Congress aren’t required to launch any details about their well being. However the second public episode, which happened in Covington, Ky., elevated the stress on Mr. McConnell to supply some clarification of what was happening.
Along with his fellow senators scattered on congressional journeys and household holidays throughout Congress’s lengthy summer season recess, Mr. McConnell was taking steps to reassure frightened colleagues — principally left at midnight about his situation — that he was in good well being and in a position to proceed serving as minority chief. His workplace circulated the transient assertion from Dr. Monahan to senators, and he was additionally making private calls to underscore the message that nothing was amiss.
Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, stated Mr. McConnell reached out to her Thursday and sounded positive throughout their dialog. He blamed dehydration for the episode, she added in an interview, and stated that it was solely the second time such a factor had occurred.
“He is fully prepared to continue leading our caucus when the Senate resumes session on Tuesday,” she stated in a press release.
Mr. McConnell, who spoke with members of his management group on Wednesday after the incident, additionally linked by telephone with President Biden on Thursday.
“He was his old self on the telephone,” Mr. Biden, who has been the goal of vicious Republican assaults about his age and psychological acuity, advised reporters on Thursday after his dialog with Mr. McConnell. Mr. Biden attributed the freezing episodes to a traditional means of restoration from a extreme concussion and stated he was “confident he’s going to be back to his old self.”
Carl Hulse contributed reporting from Washington.