President Joe Biden, who has experienced bouts of coughing fits over the past few weeks, is now under the gun by some reporters regarding the state of his health, especially since he hasn’t released a medical report since December 2019.
According to the Daily Mail, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, once again, dodged and redirected questions shouted by a reporter over the status of Biden’s health, his cough, and when the administration is expected to release a medical report on the 78-year-old president.
Psaki, on several occasions, has promised to release a current medical report once the president undergoes his annual physical, which she claims will happen before the end of 2021, though she continues to refuse to firm up a ballpark date.
Last week, CNN analyst Brian Karem activated Psaki’s spin mode when he asked: “Hey Jen, will he take a physical anytime soon and report it to the American public?”
After responding with a vague answer, Karem pushed the issue, asking for clarification of when that report could be expected by both the press and the rest of the country. Once again failing to provide an answer, Psaki responded by name-dropping NBC reporter Kelly O’Donnell, who has asked the same question about Biden’s health on multiple occasions.
“Kelly asks about this all the time. She’s keeping us on our toes,” Psaki told Karem in response, which, once again, was a non-answer.
Keeping in mind that Psaki promised the press back in May that Biden’s health records would be released, the secretary’s continued dodges of the question have apparently raised eyebrows, and generated interest among the sector of the mainstream media who are typically only interested in Biden’s favorite ice cream.
Allergies or more?
Earlier this month, Psaki was pushed on the president’s seemingly persistent cough, and according to the New York Post, at the time the press secretary defended her boss by suggesting it was a result of “allergies.”
But it was last month that NBC’s O’Donnell dug in, pointing out that the American public has witnessed Biden’s coughing fits on several occasions — more than what would be expected of something as innocent as “allergies,” which is the vaguest possible answer.
“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?” O’Donnell asked at the time.
Psaki responded by assuring her and others in the room that his cough is “not a concern,” adding that a White House physician travels with the president and monitors for any possible health situations.
O’Donnell further pressed Psaki on the subject, even noting to Psaki that the cough was so apparent that she had to notice it herself. Psaki admitted she did, but once again insisted that it was not of any concern. Only time will tell if there’s more to Biden’s cough than meets the eye, but America won’t know until his health records are finally released.