Biden To Make Unannounced Visit To Walter Reed Hospital

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    President Joe Biden delivers remarks in National Statuary Hall on the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, January 6, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

    On Wednesday, President Biden revealed that he is making an unannounced trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a physical exam.

    Earlier this month, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, does not believe a cognitive test is necessary. She said O’Connor believes Biden proves his cognitive ability “every day [in] how he operates and how he thinks.” 

    “Does the White House think that the idea of the president taking a cognitive test as a part of this physical is a legitimate idea?” a reporter asked.

    “I’m just gonna say what Dr. O’Connor said to me about a year ago when [Biden’s physical] was released,” Jean-Pierre responded. “The president proves every day [in] how he operates and how he thinks, by dealing with world leaders, by making difficult decisions on behalf of the American people – whether it’s domestic or it’s national security.”

    Biden received his last physical on Feb. 16 of last year, when his physician gave him a clean bill of health in a letter that said Biden was “fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency.”

    The Wednesday physical will likely be the final update on Biden’s health before the November presidential elections.

    Walter Reed, the hospital used by all presidents for routine medical care and examinations, is located in Bethesda, Maryland.

    The President’s health and age have been contentious topics throughout his presidency.

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