WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center Friday morning for what the White House called his “routine annual physical.”
The trip was not initially on the president’s schedule but announced later. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said more details will be provided later. Biden departed the White House shortly before 8:30 a.m. EST and arrived at the the Bethesda, Md. hospital at 8:51 a.m. EST.
Since Biden became president, the White House has repeatedly said Biden, 79, would receive a physical exam in 2021, and that results would be released to the public.
Ahead of the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, the Biden campaign released a summary of Biden’s medical history in December 2019. At the time, Biden’s doctor said Biden was a “a healthy, vigorous,77-year-old male” fit to be president.
The three-page report said Biden’s most significant medical event was brain aneurysms he had in 1988 but that he’s had no recurrences.
During the presidential campaign, former President Donald Trump regularly questioned Biden’s cognitive ability and fitness to be president – attacks that Republicans have continued during Biden’s presidency.
Although it did not prove an effective campaign strategy, a new poll from Politico/Morning Consult this week found growing disagreement among Americans about Biden’s health. It found 40% of Americans believe Biden is in “good health,” while 50% disagreed. A survey last October found voters believed Biden was in good health by a 19 percentage-point margin.
As the U.S. House of Representatives takes up Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending plan, the only other event on Biden’s schedule Friday is the traditional presidential pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey at 3:15 p.m. EST.
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