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Richard Trumka Vomits At White House Meeting With Obama

First Posted: 06/16/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:10 PM ET

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President Obama convened a meeting of his Economic Recovery Advisory Board Friday, but one of his top allies needed a little more time to recover.

Suffering from a stomach bug of some kind, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka vomited at the White House Friday and had to miss the rest of the advisory board meeting, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to HuffPost.

Trumka is a key progressive voice on the advisory panel, which also includes former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and Laura D'Andrea Tyson, who chaired President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and served as Director of the Clinton-era National Economic Council.

AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale tried to turn the incoming jokes away from the state of the economy and towards the fight developing on Capitol Hill.

"While President Trumka is sick of big banks fighting Wall Street reform, this was in no way related to that," Vale quipped in a statement to CNN. "He just had a stomach bug and is now resting so he can get ready for his next fight."

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