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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell appeared to freeze while speaking to reporters for the second time in less than a month.

In response to a question on whether he will seek reelection in 2026 at a press conference in Covington, Kentucky, the 81-year-old stopped for more than 30 seconds.

The senator’s aides tried to prompt him, but Mr. McConnell needed a few more seconds to respond.

He then responded to two more queries, which staff had to repeat.

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Before leaving with assistants, he made no remarks concerning his health.

McConnell, the leader of the Republican party’s slim congressional majority in the upper chamber, was hospitalised for a week in March after falling outside a hotel in the Washington, D.C., region and suffering a concussion and a cracked rib.

He was moved to a recovery centre, and he didn’t come back to the Senate until mid-April.

Following the July event involving the freezing, the US media claimed that Mr. McConnell had suffered at least three further falls since February.

As Congress works to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of October, this most recent incident will once more raise concerns about the senator from Kentucky’s health as the country enters what will be a busy autumn legislative session.

Concern over Mr McConnell’s health follows questions about the condition of 90-year-old California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who was absent from the chamber for months after being diagnosed with a severe case of shingles.

The average age for members of the US Senate is 65.