White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday assured reporters that President Biden’s persistent cough is the results of allergies and never a extra critical medical situation.
Biden, who turns 79 subsequent month, coughed and cleared his throat repeatedly Friday throughout public remarks, together with at an occasion on the White House garden with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
Biden and his physician previously attributed his frequent hacking when he speaks in public to both a chilly or the consequences of gastric reflux.
“He’s doing great. He has got some allergies,” Psaki stated as she walked away from the rostrum at her each day briefing, responding to a shouted query from journalist Brian Karem.
Biden has not but honored the custom of releasing the outcomes of an annual presidential bodily.
The commander in chief’s cough has repeatedly raised well being issues. NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell requested Psaki just final month about it.
“Many of us were in the East Room watching the president. We’ve seen him on many occasions where he has a repeated cough. What is the situation with that cough? And is that a concern?” the veteran journalist requested Psaki.
“It’s not a concern,” Psaki stated. “We have a doctor who travels with him, obviously, who checks in if there is — it is ever warranted. And certainly, that continues to be the case, as it has been since the beginning of his presidency.”
O’Donnell, who was elected this yr to be president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, with a time period starting in 2023, pressed Psaki additional.
“Is there an explanation for why he coughed so frequently in situations like that? I’m sure you saw it,” the reporter requested.
“I did,” Psaki stated. “I don’t think it’s an issue of concern.”
Psaki added: “I think there are a range of reasons why we may need to clear our throat or we may have a little light cold. And that’s certainly something that presidents, elected officials, reporters, spokespeople can confront, but it’s not an area where we have a medical concern.”
The rationalization for Biden’s frequent coughing has modified over time.
In December 2020, the then-president-elect said, “I have a little bit of a cold, I’m sorry.”
A 2019 report from his doctor, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, blamed gastro-esophageal reflux.
“Biden is a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency,” O’Connor wrote.
The physician wrote that the stomach-acid reflux could “contribute to occasional cough and sinus congestion” and that “[Biden] has received endoscopy to rule out any more significant disease.”