Biden was seen masked after press secretary Jen Psaki said DC should reinstate his masked mandate to comply with CDC guidelines
Despite battling a cold, President Biden upped his schedule this weekend with a masked dinner in town and plans to attend an event at the Kennedy Center.
During Friday’s speech on the disappointing jobs report, Biden spoke in a hoarse voice and coughed several times during the event.
Biden explains cough, hoarse voice, says grandson gave him a cold
Granthshala News’ Peter Ducey asked the president about his health after his remarks ended, and Biden replied that he picked up a cold from his grandson.
“I’m fine, I have a test every day – a COVID test. I’m checking for all strains. I have a one-and-a-half year old grandson who had a cold, who loved to kiss his pop,” Biden said.
Later on Friday, White House physician Kevin O’Connor issued an assessment that refuted Biden’s claim that he gets daily COVID tests, but confirmed the president’s cold diagnosis.
“As is clearly evident, President Biden is experiencing some increased nasal congestion this week,” O’Connor wrote. “It can be heard in his voice and he is feeling the colloquial famous ‘frog’s neck’.”
“The investigation includes a comprehensive respiratory panel that includes 19 common respiratory pathogens to include COVID-19, other coronaviruses, influenzas, streptococcus,” O’Connor said. “All these tests were negative. Including the above, he has been tested for COVID-19 thrice this week.”
Despite his first cough, Biden was seen dining in a private room at the new restaurant by Imperfecto’s Enrique Limardo on Friday night. Biden was not seen wearing a mask when entering or leaving the restaurant.
While Washington, DC lifted its indoor mask mandate last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Sakiq Said during the daily press briefing on Friday That the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently outlined areas where indoor mask mandates should be reinstated, including high-transmission places such as DC and New York, given the new Omron version.
Additionally, First Lady Jill Biden’s spokesperson confirmed Bidens will participate The 44th Annual Kennedy Center Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievements were held on Sunday. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will also attend events honoring “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels, Motown founder Justino Diaz, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell and others.
Last weekend, Biden was seen shopping extensively in Nantucket, Massachusetts over the Thanksgiving holiday. Journalists saw him through a door that read: “Face covering required.” Asked about it, Psaki said the president follows the CDC’s recommendations and advice and will continue the model behavior he hopes the American people will follow.
Since Biden took office, the White House has focused on keeping the coronavirus under control. Biden has been fully vaccinated and has also received a booster dose of the vaccine, but success cases in fully vaccinated individuals are becoming more common in the past few months.
According to the CDC, Biden, who is 79, is at high risk of complication from the coronavirus.
Granthshala News’ Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report.