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Ambulance called after U.S. Rep. Nadler appears to swoon

Jerrold Nadler

Mary Altaffer / AP

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chair of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New York.

NEW YORK — U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler was taken to a hospital for an evaluation Friday after he appeared to swoon during a news conference in New York City.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee had given remarks at an event about speed enforcement cameras in school zones when he slumped in his chair.

As people moved to assist him, Nadler put his hand to his head and appeared disoriented, then seemed to recover after a few minutes. He was speaking and alert, telling people near him that he was OK.

The 71-year-old Democrat was given water and an orange as staff cleared reporters from the school gymnasium where the event took place.

An ambulance took Nadler to a hospital about 45 minutes later.

A few minutes after leaving the school in the ambulance, Nadler said in a tweet that he was fine.

"Appreciate everyone's concern. Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts," he wrote.

Nadler spokesman Daniel Schwarz also blamed dehydration.

"He was sitting down so did not faint or anything, just was a bit ill. He is responsive and receiving a check-up."

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who recently announced he was running for president, was sitting next to Nadler and answering questions when Nadler slumped over.