Psaki can’t say if Biden saw doctor after tripping, falling on stairs
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday didn’t give a direct answer to a question of if President Joe Biden saw a doctor after his Friday fall on the steps leading up to Air Force One, which she described as “tricky” to climb.
Psaki was pressed by a number of reporters at Monday’s daily press briefing about whether the president saw a doctor after tripping twice and falling.
“First off, before I get to my other questions, just checking on the president. He fell going up the stairs to Air Force One on Friday. Is he doing OK?” a reporter asked her.
“He’s 100% fine,” Psaki replied. “I don’t know if you’ve been up those steps, they’re a little tricky sometimes.”
“Did he see a doctor? Did he have to see a doctor over it?” the reporter asked.
“I’m not aware of that being required. There’s, of course, a doctor who travels with the president, any president of the United States, but I’m not aware of it needing actual extensive medical attention,” Psaki said.
A different reporter noted that she didn’t answer “no,” which prompted Psaki to return to the doctor question.
“Well, I’m not trying to be. There’s a doctor who travels with him. He was walking around, as you all saw, by the end of the day. So I’m just trying to be completely transparent. He’s absolutely fine, as he was on Friday, was this weekend. He spent the weekend at Camp David. He’s good,” she said.
Initially, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday indicated to reporters inside the presidential jet that the wind knocked Biden down.
“It’s pretty windy outside. It’s very windy. I almost fell coming up the steps myself,” Jean-Pierre said.
Joint Base Andrews in Maryland saw winds charting in at more than 20 miles per hour Friday morning with gusts up to 25 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service, per The New York Post. The breeze did not stop the plane from taking off or the Marine One helicopter from transporting the president from the White House, The Post noted.
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