'Hillary's suffered from dehydration in the past'

Former President downplays his wife's medical episode, says she has suffered from severe dehydration "on more than one occasion."

Elad Benari ,

Hillary and Bill Clinton
Hillary and Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton on Monday tried to downplay the dramatic video of his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, being helped into a van on Sunday.

Speaking to journalist Charlie Rose and quoted by Politico, Clinton said his wife has suffered from severe dehydration "on more than one occasion."

“Rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of state, as a senator, and in the years since,” he said in the interview.

The former Secretary of State was abruptly removed from a 9/11 memorial event in Manhattan on Sunday after suffering what senior law enforcement officials described as a “medical episode.”

Her doctor later said that Clinton was suffering from pneumonia and the incident at the memorial was a result of dehydration and overheating.

The Clinton campaign has come under fire for saying originally that Clinton was just “overheated” and not revealing until later she had been diagnosed with pneumonia the prior Friday.

Politico reported on Monday that the former Secretary of State’s real issue is chronic dehydration and that her reluctance to drink water has become a source of tension with her staff.

Bill Clinton in the interview dismissed the notion that anything more serious is going on.

“She’s doing fine. She was even better last night before she went to sleep,” he told Rose. “She just got dehydrated yesterday.”

The former president also said “she had two-and-a-half hard days before the day when she got dizzy,” and said she’s eager to get back on the campaign trail.

“I’ll be lucky to hold her back another day,” he said.

Earlier on Monday, Clinton's campaign acknowledged that it mishandled her health scare from Sunday and promised to release additional medical details in the coming days.

“I think that in retrospect, we could have handled it better in terms of providing more information more quickly," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC.

He said the campaign was too focused on making sure Clinton was well instead of releasing information during the 90 minutes following the release of a video showing her nearly collapsing after attending the memorial.

Meanwhile, Clinton herself tweeted on Monday that she was feeling better.

“Thanks to everyone who’s reached out with well wishes! I’m feeling fine and getting better. Like anyone who’s ever been home sick from work, I’m just anxious to get back out there. See you on the trail soon,” she wrote.