Joe Biden has faced criticism over whether he is physically and mentally fit to lead the nation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about Biden coughing numerous times and having a “raspy voice” during a speech he gave on Friday.
Psaki claimed that Biden’s renewed cough is the result of “allergies.”
“He’s doing great. He’s got some allergies,” Psaki said as she walked away when a reporter shouted a question about Biden’s health.
“Biden appeared twice in front of reporters on Friday, speaking with a raspy voice, repeatedly clearing his throat, coughing, and wiping his nose,” Breitbart reported.
“The White House has shrugged off incidents of Biden’s heavy coughing while speaking, including after the president struggled with a cough during a speech in California in support of Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom. Psaki told reporters at the time that it was “not a concern” to the White House,” Breitbart added.
“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,” she said. “But it’s not an area where we have a medical concern.”
Psaki was pressed by reporters on two occasions about Biden’s health.
CNN’s Brian Karem stopped Psaki on her way out of the briefing room to ask about Biden “coughing and sniffling” earlier in the day.
KAREM: Jen, we saw him coughing and sniffling earlier. Is his health okay? Before there’s wild speculation — is he all right?
PSAKI: He is doing great.
KAREM: Thank you.
PSAKI: He’s got some allergies.
During another exchange, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell also asked Psaki about Biden’s health.
“Many of us were in the East Room watching the president, we’ve seen him on many occasions where he had a repeated cough. What is the situation with that cough and is it a concern?” asked O’Donnell.
“It’s not a concern,” said Psaki.
“We have a doctor who travels with him, obviously who checks in if it is ever warranted, and certainly that continues to be the case, as it has been since the beginning of his presidency,” she added.
“Is there an explanation for why he coughs so frequently in situations like that?” O’Donnell pressed.
“I don’t think it’s an issue of concern. 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,” Psaki responded.