White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki downplayed a question on Thursday that asked by President Joe Biden has displayed a repeated cough during recent speeches, saying it’s “not a concern.”
Biden repeatedly coughed throughout his recent remarks in support of California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom prior to the recall election on Tuesday.
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“Many of us were in the East Room watching the president. We’ve seen him on many occasions where he has a repeated cough,” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell said during the daily press briefing. “What is the situation with that cough? And is that a concern?”
“It’s not a concern,” Psaki responded. “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.”
“Is there an explanation for why he coughed so frequently in situations like that?” O’Donnell asked. “I’m sure you saw it.”
“I did. I don’t think it’s an issue of concern,” she claimed. “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.”
Psaki may not appear concerned, but many other Americans are. When the health of the nation’s leader appears weak during a pandemic, it should be no surprise reporters are seeking answers for more information.