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Trump Campaign Denies He's Sick After Chicago Speech Fuels Further Questions About His Health

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    Donald Trump speaks with Polish-American community members at the Polish National Alliance in Chicago on September 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Trump will be campaigning today in Iowa and Wisconsin. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    An uncharacteristically low-tempo speech in Chicago Wednesday, paired with noticeable congestion, has fueled further questions about Trump's health following his infamous debate-night sniffles. Still, his campaign insists Trump does not have a cold and is feeling "just fine."

    Trump spoke during a campaign event at the Polish National Alliance, but social media viewers were quick to point out he sounded congested, his voice scratchy during the event.

    Trump Makes Campaign Stop in ChicagoTrump Makes Campaign Stop in ChicagoDonald Trump returned to Illinois Wednesday, campaigning in both Chicago and the city's suburbs. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016)

    On Monday, Trump’s sniffles appeared to distract many people following along with the debate on social media and certainly did not go unnoticed, with #TrumpSniffles showing up on Twitter timelines.

    Trump insisted Tuesday that he didn't have the sniffles during the debate. Asked about them in a phone interview Tuesday morning on "Fox & Friends," Trump denied there was any sniffling, said he doesn't have a cold or allergies, and blamed the microphone.

    He said the microphone was very bad, "but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing. But there was no sniffles."

    Trump also floated the theory that debate moderators gave him a bad microphone on purpose.

    When Hillary Clinton had pneumonia about two weeks ago, it became a major question mark over her own campaign.

    When video showed her appearing to stumble at a 9/11 memorial event in New York, it sparked a wave of speculation on whether she was fit enough to continue running or serve as president. (Her doctors said she was, and she returned to the trail.)

    Trump's campaign did appear to make light of her absence from the campaign trail in a statement after she began campaigning: "We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of president of the United States."

    Trump is also expected to appear at an event in suburban Bolingbrook Wednesday. Later in the day, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts are expected to attend a fundraiser for the Republican presidential nominee alongside Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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