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Psaki can’t say if Biden saw doctor after tripping, falling on stairs

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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.

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“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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Five returned rental cars used by Biden’s Secret Service burst into flames

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A bizarre situation involving rental cars used during one of President Joe Biden’s trips has social media and conspiracy theorists busy with speculation.

The day after President Joe Biden left Nantucket for his Thanksgiving holiday, five Hertz rental cars hired by his Secret Service detail burst into flames in the airport parking lot.

The Nantucket Current tweeted out photos and wrote, “The cars were owned by Hertz, and had just been returned by members of the Secret Service who had been using them during President Biden’s visit, sources said.”

A fire “involving multiple rental vehicles recently used by Secret Service agents erupted early Monday morning at Nantucket Memorial Airport,” reported the Current.

According to a statement from Nantucket Memorial Airport, at 5:22 a.m. on Monday, airport staff observed an active fire through the closed circuit TV system in the rental car overflow area. Local fire and police departments responded and contained the fire.

“Something very fishy going on,” one YouTube user commented on the Nantucket Current’s video. “No freakin’ way was this a coincidence. Absolutely no way,” wrote another.

An investigation is underway. The working theory is that the fire started in a Ford Expedition, which was under a safety recall since May due to a faulty battery junction box that has been known to cause underhood fires. The recall affects 66,000 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators manufactured between December 2020 and April 2021.

“We believe these vehicle fires can be traced to a circuit board supplier that changed manufacturing locations during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to Ford’s website. “The printed circuit boards produced there are sometimes susceptible to a high-current short.”

“Of the eight fire allegations, six occurred while the vehicle was parked and off, and two occurred while driving,” says the initial March 2022 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the part of the Department of Transportation that investigates car safety issues. Interestingly, the eight vehicles were owned by multiple rental car companies at various locations.

By mid-May, the government had 16 reports of underhood fires in 2021 Expedition and Navigator vehicles. Of those, 14 were rental vehicles and 12 of the fires had occurred while the vehicle was parked with the engine off. Consequently, Ford has advised owners that these vehicles should be parked outdoors and away from buildings.

In an email to Forbes, Hertz confirmed that it was working with the local authorities on their investigation but did not confirm that the Explorer in question had been scheduled for service under the recall.

 

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