Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has provided an update about his future political plans following a scary incident during a press conference late last month.

McConnell said he intends to lead the GOP for the remainder of the 118th Congress, according to a statement released by his Kentucky office.

“Questions about the future of McConnell, 81, were swiftly raised this week after he froze for 30 seconds during a news conference. The statement doesn’t address his plans for the next Congress, which begins in 2025,” CNN reported.

In the midst of the weekly Senate Republican Agenda press conference, McConnell was addressing reporters when he unexpectedly paused. He stood at the podium for several moments in silence, and his fellow colleagues eventually intervened to guide him away.

He returned shortly after to take questions.

CNN’s Manu Raju reported that when McConnell eventually came back to the press event, he told reporters that he was “fine” and took several questions.

Raju subsequently heard from a McConnell aide that the GOP leader felt “lightheaded” when the episode happened.

“From a McConnell aide: ‘He felt light-headed and stepped away for a moment. He came back to handle Q and A, which as everyone observed was sharp,’” Raju tweeted.

Later in the day, he joked about getting a call from President Joe Biden. “The president called to see how I was doing. McConnell told reporters, “I told him I got sandbagged.”

That was a reference to Biden tripping and falling over a sandbag on stage after he gave the commencement address for U.S. Air Force Academy graduates in June.

In March, McConnell suffered a fall at a Washington-area hotel and received extended treatment for a concussion. The longtime Kentucky senator fell after attending an event, injuring his head and fracturing a rib, the Associated Press reported.

Now, a report from NBC’s Garrett Haake and Sahil Kapur alleges that sources said McConnell took a tumble while stepping off a plane at Reagan National Airport on July 14:

McConnell, 81, was not seriously hurt and was seen at the Capitol later that day, where he interacted with at least one reporter.


The July 14 fall, which has not been previously reported, occurred after the flight out of Washington was canceled while everyone was on board. McConnell, R-Ky., who was a passenger on the plane, had a “face plant,” someone who was on the plane at the time but did not witness the fall told NBC News. That passenger also said they spoke to another passenger who helped tend to McConnell after the fall.

The Senate’s top Republican has also recently been using a wheelchair as a precautionary measure when navigating crowded airports, according to a source familiar with his practices.

Earlier reports claimed that McConnell may be on the verge of retirement after a fall in March that left him with a severe concussion and potential serious brain damage.

“Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell has been out of the public eye for weeks, following a serious fall that hospitalized him. Now multiple sources confirm that Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Cornyn of Texas, and John Thune of South Dakota are actively reaching out to fellow Republican senators in efforts to prepare for an anticipated leadership vote — a vote that would occur upon the announcement that McConnell would be retiring from his duties as leader, and presumably the Senate itself,” The Spectator reported.

“One source says that Cornyn has been particularly active in his preparations, taking fellow senators with whom he has little in common to lunch in attempts to court them. Requests are being targeted at a plethora of conservative senators, including the sixteen who voted to delay the leadership election earlier this year, a proxy for opposition to McConnell’s leadership,” the outlet added.

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