Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican Party in the United States Senate, has been hospitalized after he fell at a hotel in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night.
According to reports from various news outlets, McConnell tripped and fell while attending a private dinner with other senators. He was rushed to the hospital shortly after the incident and is now being treated for injuries sustained during the fall.
A statement from McConnell’s spokesman confirmed that the senator “had a fall” and “is being treated at a local hospital.” The statement also said McConnell “is in good spirits and thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers.”
The specific details of McConnell’s injuries have not been disclosed, although various sources have reported that he may have sustained a broken shoulder or wrist.
The incident has raised concerns about McConnell’s ability to continue leading the Republican Party in the Senate, as he has been a key figure in the ongoing impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
This is not the first time that McConnell has been hospitalized in recent years. In 2019, he underwent surgery to repair a fractured shoulder following a fall at his home in Kentucky.
The news of McConnell’s hospitalization has prompted an outpouring of support from his colleagues and political allies. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted “Sending my thoughts and prayers to Senator McConnell for a swift and full recovery.”
It is unclear how long McConnell will remain hospitalized, but his spokesman has indicated that he is expected to make a full recovery.