Adriana MontesReporterAll materialsJoe Biden, who turns 79 next month, was seen frequently hacking at an event held at the White House lawn with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.Get that man an Allegra..Just weeks after receiving his COVID-19 booster shot, President Biden’s ailing cough raised concern Friday during public remarks and a White House event — where he was seen persistently coughing and clearing his throat. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki assured reporters that Biden’s cough is the result of allergies and not a more serious medical condition.“He’s doing great. He has got some allergies,” Psaki responded to a shouted question from journalist Brian Karen, as she walked away from the podium at her daily briefing.Biden’s recurring cough has been attributed in the past to the effects of gastric reflux or to a lingering cold by his doctor.
Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor reportedly conducted and released a medical report for Biden during his campaign in December 2019, declaring Biden “a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency.”
At the time of the report, Biden was under treatment for gastroesophageal reflux and seasonal allergies.The doctor wrote that the stomach-acid reflux may “contribute to occasional cough and sinus congestion” and that “[Biden] has received endoscopy to rule out any more significant disease.”NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell questioned Psaki about it just last month after Biden’s cough repeatedly raised health concerns.“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?” the journalist asked Psaki.“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.”
O’Donnell pressed Psaki further, asking her if there was any “explanation for why he coughed so frequently in situations like that.”Psaki’s response was that she “didn’t think it was an issue of concern.”