Hillary Clinton to resume campaigning on Thursday following bout of pneumonia

Barack Obama leapt to the Democratic candidate's defence during a speech

Hillary Clinton to resume campaigning on Thursday following bout of pneumonia

Hillary Clinton waves as she leaves an apartment building in New York on Sunday | Photo: PA Images

Hillary Clinton is to resume campaigning on Thursday after taking time out to recover from pneumonia, an aide has confirmed.

The Democratic nominee made global headlines after seeming to buckle while waiting to get into a minivan at a ceremony to mark 15 years since the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, and she needed help from her security detail.

She subsequently cancelled a trip to California where she was due to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show, as well as events near Las Vegas.

With a poll suggesting many Americans do not believe her campaign's explanation of her recent health episode, US President Barack Obama leapt to her defence during a speech in Philadelphia.

He told crowds Mrs Clinton had "been subjected to more scrutiny and... more unfair criticism than anybody out here".

Mr Obama also accused voters of giving her rival Donald Trump an easy ride, saying: "Our standards for what's normal have changed.

"Donald Trump says stuff every day that used to be considered as disqualifying for being president and, yet, because he says it over and over and over again, the press just gives up."

In a phone interview with CNN, the Democratic candidate said she became dizzy but did not lose consciousness after the 9/11 memorial event.

The 68-year-old said she felt immediately better after getting into her air-conditioned vehicle.

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton said his wife was "doing fine" and insisted "she just got dehydrated".

He told CBS: "On more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated."

Mrs Clinton's campaign team has said it will release more of her medical records following the incident and admitted being too slow to provide information about her condition.

Mr Trump has previously questioned Mrs Clinton's fitness for the presidency.

However, during a speach at a rally in Asheville, North Carolina, he was restrained on the news, saying he hoped she feels better soon.

Instead he concentrated on her remark last week that half of his supporters belonged in "a basket of deplorables".

"You cannot run for president if you have such contempt in your heart for the American voter," he said.

"You can't lead this nation if you have such a low opinion of its citizens."