German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismisses concerns about her health

Last Updated: Jun 19 2019 18:39
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she is completely fine after seen trembling at an official ceremony on Tuesday.

She said that she was just a bit dehydrated in the heat.

Merkel appeared unsteady and was shaking as she stood in the midday sun next to visiting Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, whom she was welcoming to her office building with military honours.

Asked by a reporter about her wellbeing at a news conference about 90 minutes later, Merkel smiled: “I’ve drunk at least three glasses of water and so I’m doing fine.”

Zelensky, 41, made light of Merkel’s uneasy spell, joking that he would have come to her rescue if necessary.

“She was standing next to me and completely safe,” he said.