Biden is the oldest person ever to serve in the Oval Office — and nearly four years older than former President Bill Clinton, who was recently hospitalized.
President Biden will soon undergo a physical exam, but no specific date has been set, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a news briefing on Thursday.
Video of the briefing shows Saki fielding questions from Playboy reporter Brian Karem as she donned a face mask and prepares to leave the White House briefing room after a session with a roomful of reporters.
“Hey Jane,” Karim asked of Biden, who will turn 79 on November 20 and is the oldest person ever to serve in the Oval Office. “Will he take a physical any time soon and report it to the American public?”
“He will,” replied Saki.
“How soon? Do we know?” Karim asked.
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“I don’t have an update for you, but will be soon,” Saki replied.
“But before the end of the year?” Karim continued.
“I promise you,” replied Saki. “Kelly [O’Donnell from NBC News] Asks about this all the time. She’s keeping us on our toes.”
Saki’s conversation with Karim comes two days after the press secretary addressed the question of a Biden physical exam at a previous briefing.
“It’s standard for every president to be physical,” Saki said Tuesday. “He’ll also get a physical. When he’s physical, we’ll provide all that information.”
O’Donnell also questioned Saki about Biden’s health in September, when the president was seen coughing during several public events.
On 16 September, Saki said, “I don’t think it’s a cause for concern.” “There are many reasons for clearing our throats or having a mild cold.”
Psaki said a doctor travels with Biden and the president’s health is constantly assessed.
Back in May, during previous questions about Biden’s health, Psaki insisted that Biden was physically fit and sound.
“I can tell you, after traveling a lot with them, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them,” said Saki, who was 42 at the time and will turn 43 on December 1. .
New questions about Biden’s health may be prompted by the recent hospitalization of former President Bill Clinton, who was being treated for a urinary infection in California and was expected to leave the hospital on Sunday, last Tuesday. was admitted after feeling tired.
Clinton, who turned 75 in August, is nearly four years younger than Biden.
Saki’s conversation with Karim on Thursday appears near the end of this 43-minute video from that day’s news briefing: