During a press briefing Thursday, a reporter asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki if Joe Biden’s cough should concern the nation.
“We’ve seen [Biden] on many occasions where he has a repeated cough,” stated NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.
“What is the situation with that cough and is that a concern?”
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Psaki answered that it was not a concern because a medical doctor travels with Biden constantly monitoring his health.
“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 continues to be the case as it has been since the beginning of his presidency,” Psaki replied.
O’Donnell pressed on, asking, “Is there an explanation for why he coughs so frequently in situations like that? I’m sure you saw it.”
Psaki downplayed the cough by claiming Biden merely needed to clear his throat and that it was not an issue.
“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 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.”
Biden’s cough was noticeable when he suffered a coughing fit earlier this week as he was campaigning for Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).