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Chelsea Clinton: ‘I Didn’t Know My Mom Had Pneumonia’

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Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Chelsea Clinton said she didn’t know Hillary Clinton had pneumonia until she stumbled out of a 9/11 commemoration ceremony.

Chelsea Clinton delivers a speech during the annual Clinton Global Initiative on September 21, 2016 in New York City. Former President Bill Clinton defended the foundation, founded in 2005, at the final CGI meeting

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During an interview with Cosmopolitan published Wednesday, the daughter of the Democratic nominee was asked why her mother didn’t disclose her illness to voters sooner when Chelsea admitted that not even she knew about it.

“Well, I didn’t know that she had pneumonia,” Clinton told the magazine. “I didn’t know she had pneumonia until she came over to my apartment.” (RELATED: Clinton Foundation Staffers Brace Themsleves For Dozens Of Layoffs)

“So I don’t think it was a conscious choice,” she continued. “I mean, she didn’t even tell me. I think she just expected she would power through it as she has always powered through everything. As her daughter, I wish she would have listened to her doctor and taken a couple days off when her doctor told her she needed to get some rest, and I’m grateful she did finally listen to her doctor and she took a couple days off.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter's apartment building after resting on September 11, 2016, in New York

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“I think it was clear last night that she is — you know, she certainly looks healthier at her age than I feel at 36 at this moment.”

A Clinton look-alike hugs Chelsea Clinton onstage at the Democratic National Convention. (Photo: Getty Images)

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“I loved her answer about stamina, and yes, I think when anyone has traveled to 112 countries and a million miles, and sat through 11 hours of congressional hearings all in one day, they can then kind of have that conversation with my mom.” (RELATED: Chelsea Clinton Goes After Donald Trump While Campaigning For Hillary Clinton)

“But until then, I think that she wins that argument any and every day.