White House Press Secy. Psaki brushes off question about Biden’s persistent cough
UPDATED 10:05 AM PT – Friday, September 17, 2021
Press Secretary Jen Psaki appeared to get into a heated exchange with a reporter over Joe Biden’s health. During a press briefing on Thursday, she was confronted by a reporter who asked about Biden’s seemingly persistent cough.
Earlier in the day, Biden appeared to struggle to shake off his cough during his speech at the White House. However, Psaki dismissed those concerns.
Reporter: Many of us more 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 it a concern?
Psaki: It’s not a concern. We have a doctor who travels with him, obviously who checks in if it is ever warranted. And certainly that becomes the case as it has been since the beginning of his presidency.
Reporter: Is there an explanation as to why he coughs so frequently in situations like that? I’m sure you saw it.
Psaki: I did. I don’t think it’s an issue of concern. I think there are a range of reasons why we may need to clear our throat or 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.
This comes as a growing number of health experts have voiced concern about Biden’s cognitive and physical well being.