The White House won’t say when Joe Biden will get his physical, but will ‘absolutely’ issue a comprehensive health report, says Jen Psaki
- The White House wouldn’t say when President Joe Biden will get his physical
- Press Secretary Jen Psaki said a comprehensive health report would be released ‘absolutely’
- At 78, Biden is the country’s oldest president
- He injured his foot while playing with his dog Champ in December and fell up Air Force One stairs earlier this month
- Critics, including former President Donald Trump, pointed to Biden’s fall and suggested something wasn’t right
- While Trump’s physics were made public, presidents are allowed to decide what information is released
- Trump’s first physical was a year after his single term
- In November 2019, Trump made an impromptu trip to Walter Reed, which raised questions about the White House’s transparency over his health.
- The Trump White House also never said when Trump last had a negative COVID-19 test before testing positive
The White House wouldn’t say when President Joe Biden will get his physical, but press secretary Jen Psaki said a comprehensive health report would be “ absolutely ” released.
“I don’t have a timeline, but we absolutely will and I’ll see when he has to go back to the doctor,” she said at Monday’s press conference.
Seventy-eight-year-old Biden is the country’s oldest president and last released medical records in December 2019, in the weeks leading up to the Democrats’ first primaries and primaries.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki wouldn’t say when President Joe Biden would get a physical exam, but she said they would “ absolutely ” issue a comprehensive health report
At the age of 78, President Joe Biden is the oldest US president to take office, which leads to a number of questions about his health
President Joe Biden fell earlier this month (left) in an incident on the stairs of Air Force One after injuring his foot in December (right) while playing with his dog, Champ
Since then, he has suffered from hairline cracks in his foot in December 2020 when he misstepped playing with his dog, Major.
Biden also fell up the stairs of Air Force One earlier this month, which White House officials blamed for the wind and that the stairs were “ tricky. ”
Political opponents, including former President Donald Trump, saw the fall and sparked speculation that something was wrong with his health.
‘Something is going on, it’s crazy. What’s happening is crazy and you wonder whether or not all the things he signs understands what he’s signing because this is worse than Bernie Sanders at his worst point, ” Trump said during an interview on Newsmax.
Trump didn’t have his first official physical until a year after his tenure.
During the 2016 campaign Trump dictated a letter to his family doctor, the late Dr. Harold Bornstein, who bragged that he would be the ‘healthiest person’ to ever be elected president.
In January 2018, White House Dr. Ronny Jackson said Trump was in “ excellent ” health. He benefited from tobacco and alcohol abstinence, but had high cholesterol, and the doctor spoke to him about his diet, increased exercise, and weight loss.
Trump was known for his regular diet of diet coke, red meat, and ice cream.
Trump critics also believed he could show signs of mental unfitness.
The ex-president made a mysterious trip to Walter Reed Medical Center in November 2019, which the White House said was for a “ quick examination and labs, ” part of that year’s physical examination.
He returned to Walter Reed in October 2020 during the biggest health crisis he faced during his one-time, Trump diagnosis with COVID-19, which caused his blood oxygen levels to drop to unsafe levels, according to according to a report from the New York Times
In the former case, the White House never released a more specific reason for Trump’s 2019 trip.
In the second, White House officials still haven’t said when Trump last tested negative for COVID-19 before testing positive.
In the days leading up to his COVID diagnosis, Trump took part in the first presidential debate with Biden and attended events and rallies.
The White House is under no obligation to disclose in-depth health information.
As The New York Times reported Leading up to Trump’s first physical release, there is no precedent to follow as to what health information is provided by the White House and the medical patient, in this case Biden, must agree to what is publicly disclosed.