During a Friday speech on the disappointing jobs report, Biden spoke in a hoarse voice and coughed multiple times during the event.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked the president about his health after his remarks concluded, and Biden responded that he picked up the cold from his grandson.
“I’m OK, I have a test every day — a COVID test. I have been checking for all the strains. What I have is a 1-and-a-half year-old grandson, who had a cold, who loves to kiss his pop,” Biden ha detto.
Più tardi venerdì, White House physician Kevin O’Connor released an assessment, contradicting Biden’s claim that he gets COVID tested daily, but confirming the president’s cold diagnosis.
“As is readily apparent, President Biden is experiencing some increased nasal congestion this week,” O’Connor wrote. “This can be heard in his voice and he is feeling the colloquially well-known ‘frog in one’s throat.'”
“Investigation has included a comprehensive respiratory panel which includes 19 common respiratory pathogens, to include COVID-19, other coronaviruses, influenze, streptococcus, per dirne alcuni,” O’Connor said. “All of these tests were negative. Including the above, he has been tested for COVID-19 three times this week.”
Despite his earlier coughing fit, Biden was spotted dining in the private room at new restaurant by Enrique Limardo, Imperfecto, venerdì sera. Biden was not seen wearing a mask inside the restaurant or when exiting.
While Washington, D.C., lifted its indoor mask mandate last week, L'addetto stampa della Casa Bianca Jen Psaki said Friday during the daily press briefing that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Centro per la prevenzione e il controllo delle malattie) recently outlined areas where indoor mask mandates should be reinstated, including high-transmission places such as D.C. and New York, given the new omicron variant.
Inoltre, first lady Jill Biden’s spokesperson confirmed the Bidens will attend the 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements on Sunday. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will also be present at the event honoring “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels, Motown founder Justino Díaz, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell and others.