The health of the commander in chief is a subject of legitimate interest to many, if not most, Americans, a fact which makes it all the more frustrating that the White House has refused to declare when President Joe Biden last received results from a COVID-19 test, despite having recently met with another world leader who tested positive shortly thereafter, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Curiosity about Biden’s COVID-19 status was raised in the wake of his attendance last week at the Summit of the Americas in California, an event during which he met with a number of political leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Four days after the meeting between Biden and Trudeau, the Canadian leader himself tested positive for the virus – the second time he has received such a diagnosis, as Fox News noted.
“I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. I’ll be following public health guidelines and isolating,” Trudeau declared on Twitter, in an admission that started many observers wondering about Biden’s status, given that the two were photographed shaking hands and sitting in close proximity to one another on multiple occasions.
When asked about the somewhat alarming situation, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre downplayed concerns by saying that Biden did not meet the definition of a “close contact” of Trudeau’s according to protocols outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Examiner noted, which would have required him to be within six feet of an infected individual “for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.”
“If [Biden] were a close contact as defined by the CDC, we would update his testing cadence accordingly and share that with you transparently,” Jean-Pierre stated. “His testing cadence has not changed.”
The press secretary declined to offer information regarding the date on which Biden had most recently been tested for COVID-19, but instead made reference to a “regular weekly cadence” of tests to which he is apparently subjected.
Indicating that Biden receives a test once per week and on a more frequent basis during times of travel, Jean-Pierre told reporters, “I just don’t have a day in front of you when he was last tested.”
Given Biden’s age, his recent exposure, and the growing number of people with whom he has presumably been in recent contact – including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and even infectious disease adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci – the reluctance to provide transparency on the president’s testing status seems strange, indeed.