Reporter Presses Psaki on Why Biden Keeps Coughing: 'We May Need to Clear Our Throat'
'It’s not a concern'
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed by a reporter about why Joe Biden keeps coughing during press conferences.
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell asked Psaki:
“Many of us were in the East Room watching the president."
We’ve seen him on many occasions where he has a repeated cough."
“What is the situation with that cough? And is that a concern?”
“It’s not a concern," Psaki responded.
“We have a doctor who travels with him, obviously, who checks in if there is — it is ever warranted," the press sec. continued.
"And certainly, that continues to be the case, as it has been since the beginning of his presidency.”
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell to Psaki: "We've seen [Biden] on many occasions where he has a repeated cough? What is the situation with that cough and is that a concern?...Is there an explanation for why he coughs so frequently in situations like that? I'm sure you saw it." pic.twitter.com/Jeh2L4rndY— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 16, 2021
“Is there an explanation for why he coughed so frequently in situations like that?” O’Donnell asked.
“I’m sure you saw it.”
“I did. I don’t think it’s an issue of concern,” she claimed.
“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.”
Psaki was later asked by another reporter if she knew if Biden was planning on getting a physical.
“I know this is an understandable question. I don’t have an update,” Psaki responded.
“He will get one soon. And when he does, we will make sure you all are aware of it and get the information.”
Neon Nettle reported earlier this week that Biden was interrupted by coughing fits as he delivered his speech for Gov. Gavin Newsom.
While Biden did not say anything that particularly stood out, he was repeatedly interrupted by a lingering cough.