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McConnell Leaves News Conference After Freezing Mid-Sentence

Randy Mancini 7 Jul 26
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks to the Senate Chambers at the U.S. Capitol on September 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Senate is working to avert a government shutdown. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

OAN’s Roy Francis
1:55 PM – Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell left his press conference after briefly stopping and staring into space for several seconds while delivering his remarks on Wednesday.

McConnel (R-Ky.) stood at his podium for the weekly press conference, and said that the annual defense bill is proceeding with “good bipartisan cooperation.”

He then proceeded to trail off midsentence, appearing to lose his train of thought and staring into empty space for around 20 seconds before his Republican colleagues grabbed his elbow and asked if he wanted to go back to his office.

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have a health issue while speaking during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol. About 12 minutes later, the Minority Leader returned to the press conference and, when asked about what happened, said, "I'm fine."

— CSPAN (@cspan) July 26, 2023

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and an aide of McConnell slowly escorted him back to his office while Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and others proceeded to address the press.

McConnell returned to the press conference several minutes later and answered questions from the press.

Q: "Could you address what happened here at the start of the press conference and was it related to your injury from earlier this year where you suffered a concussion?" Sen. McConnell: "I'm fine."Q: "You're fine? You're fully able to do your job?"

McConnell: "Yeah."