Is Joe Biden's health declining? Jen Psaki commits to release detailed report when he is due to meet doctor

Is Joe Biden's health declining? Jen Psaki commits to release detailed report when he is due to meet doctor
President Joe Biden stumbles on the stairs of Air Force One (Getty Images, YouTube screen shot)

President Joe Biden’s critics have always been vocal about his health and after he recently stumbled more than once while running up the steps of Air Force One, the issue has become even bigger. On Monday, March 29, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki promised that a “comprehensive” report on Biden’s health will be released in the “near future” but gave no definite timeline. “Absolutely,” Psaki responded to a reporter’s question at her daily press briefing, adding: “I don’t have a timeline but absolutely we will do that, and I’ll check and see when he is due to go back to the doctor.” The White House has denied that Biden has any serious health challenges.

The Democratic leader, who took over as the 46th president of the US in January, is 78 and the oldest commander-in-chief in the history of the country. He eclipsed the record of his predecessor Donald Trump who became the president in 2017 at the age of 70. Biden’s latest health records were released in December 2019 when he was running for the presidency.


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Biden was frequently accused by Trump last year of having a cognitive decline and after the former stumbled on the steps of his official planer, the Republican said he had expected something like that and that the president’s mental state might have declined to the point that he may not understand what he is signing, eventually allowing Vice President Kamala Harris to step in. Biden has also been mocked for committing blunders with his words on several occasions. Earlier this month, Biden made yet another gaffe by calling Harris “President Harris” during an address in Covid-19 vaccination at the White House


Last December, Biden had a fractured foot while playing with his dog Major at his Delaware residence. Biden, who was then the president-elect, later said he fell on a rug while tugging the pet’s tail after a shower.

Former president Donald Trump's health conditions were also not beyond suspect during his tenure at the White House (Getty Images)

Trump, whose health conditions also made the headlines a number of times during his four-year term, didn’t have his official physical until a year into office. Often, he claimed that his health condition was more than perfect but there were instances when that claim was contested. The former president’s mysterious visit to Walter Reed Medical Center in November 2019 had raised many eyebrows though the White House said it was a routine visit. Trump was also diagnosed with the coronavirus in October 2020 and later reports revealed that his condition was worse than what was shown to the world. He was also accused of being mentally unfit.

In June last year, Trump made the headlines after walking down a ramp gingerly at West Point and as questions were raised over the septuagenarian’s health, Biden mocked him months later, saying: “Look at how he steps and look how I step. Watch how I run up ramps and he stumbles down ramps.”


The conservative camp hit back at Biden after he tripped on the stairs of Air Force One but White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said in a tweet that the president was fine and did not require any attention from his medical aides. She said Biden just had a misstep on the stairs.


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