President Joe Biden, at age 78, has had a number of health problems in the past. But he drew attention again recently for several coughing bouts, which were noticeable enough to quickly draw mainstream media attention.
However, according to the Daily Mail, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who was pressed on the president’s coughing spree, insisted that the president is in perfectly good health, adding that his cough was primarily due to “allergies.”
The concern came after Biden was seen coughing and wiping his nose, along with several throat-clearings, during his speech on the Sept. jobs report numbers. Psaki was confident that the president’s health is not in question.
“He’s doing great. He’s got some allergies,” Psaki told reporters at a White House press briefing last week.
But Psaki’s latest cover for the president came only a few weeks after she was originally pressed on the matter when the president was seen coughing to a degree that raised questions of whether or not he was sick with a cold, or perhaps even COVID-19, even though he’s been vaccinated.
“I don’t think it’s an issue of concern,” Psaki said at the time. “There’s a range of reasons why we need to clear our throat or have a light cold.”
The White House, including Psaki, has been pressed on multiple occasions regarding the latest medical status of the U.S. president, as his administration promised to provide an updated report, as the last one was from December 2019.
“Certainly when he has his next medical appointment, we will be transparent about that and provide that information to all of you,” Psaki promised reporters earlier this year, though there’s not been any movement on that promise since.
While it’s certainly possible that the president contracted COVID-19, if that’s the case, it’s highly unlikely that the Biden administration would ever reveal that to the American public, as Biden has not only been vaccinated, twice, but has also recently received a COVID-19 booster shot.