U.S. President Joe Biden, nearly 79, is going to undergo a physical examination soon but no specific date has been set, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
During the briefing, Psaki had questions from Playboy reporter Brian Karem as she donned a face mask and prepared to leave the White House briefing room after a session with a roomful of journalists.
“Hey Jen, will he take a physical anytime soon and report it to the American public?” Karem asked about Biden, the oldest man ever to serve in the Oval Office.
“He will,” Psaki said.
“How soon? Do we know?” Karem asked.
“I don’t have an update for you but will soon,” Psaki replied.
“But before the end of the year?” Karem continued.
“I promise you,” Psaki answered. “Kelly [O’Donnell from NBC News] asks about this all the time. She’s keeping us on our toes.”
The interaction came two days after the press secretary had addressed the question of a Biden physical exam at a previous briefing
“It is standard for every president to get a physical,” Psaki said. “He will get a physical too. When he gets a physical, we will make all of that information available.”
MSNBC/NBC reporter Shannon Pettypiece closes the WH briefing w/a question about when Biden will be getting a physical.
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O’Donnell also questioned Psaki about the president’s health in September, after the president was seen coughing during a number of public appearances.
“I don’t think it’s an issue of concern,” Psaki said Sept. 16. “There’s a range of reasons why we need to clear our throat or have a light cold.”
Psaki added that a doctor travels with the president as he undergoes frequent assessments of his health.