Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to freeze again Wednesday during a press conference in Covington, Kentucky.
During the gaggle a reporter asked McConnell his thoughts about running for re-election in 2026.
McConnell asked the reporter to repeat the question twice before freezing. At one point an aide came up to him and asked, “Did you hear the question, senator?” but he remained unresponsive.
After about 30 seconds McConnell said “OK,” and his aide resumed the gaggle, asking reporters to “please speak up.”
A spokesperson for McConnell said the GOP Senate leader “felt momentarily lightheaded and paused during his press conference today,” adding, “as a prudential measure, the Leader will be consulting a physician prior to his next event.”
McConnell, 81, also froze at a press conference on Capitol Hill last month.
Asked about McConnell’s apparent freeze Wednesday, President Joe Biden told NBC News that he just heard about it and that he’d “try to get in touch with him later this afternoon.”
“Mitch is a friend, as you know — not a joke. … I know people don’t believe that the case but we have disagreements politically, but he’s a good friend,” Biden said.