During a press conference, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell mysteriously became frozen at the podium yesterday.
Mitch McConnell’s Body Mysteriously Freezes
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suddenly stopped speaking during a weekly Republican leadership news conference Wednesday afternoon, appearing to freeze, and then went silent and was walked away.
McConnell began the GOP’s leadership weekly news conference by saying lawmakers were on a path to finishing a major defense budget bill this week.
When he stopped talking, McConnell, R-Ky., had been making his opening remarks about an annual defense policy bill. He was silent for 19 seconds.
“We’ve had good bipartisan cooperation and a string of —” McConnell said.
He then froze and remained silent for about 20 seconds, staring straight ahead, before other members of GOP leadership intervened. Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), standing at McConnell’s side, asked whether he was okay, but McConnell did not respond verbally.
“Do you want to say anything else to the press?” Barrasso asked McConnell, before suggesting that McConnell take a break.
His Republican colleagues asked whether he was OK, and a top McConnell deputy, Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, a physician, escorted McConnell, 81, away from the cameras and reporters.
McConnell, 81, returned after several minutes, and after the news conference was over, was asked by reporters to address what had taken place.
“I’m fine,” McConnell said simply.
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