White House Releases Letter on Biden’s Health Concerns

The White House released a letter from President Biden’s doctor on Monday night, following repeated questions about visits by a Parkinson’s disease specialist.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced inquiries regarding Dr. Kevin Cannard’s visits to the White House, which were detailed in visitor logs first reported by the New York Post and the New York Times.

Clarifying the Doctor’s Visits

According to the logs, Dr. Cannard, an expert on Parkinson’s disease, visited the White House eight times from last summer to this spring and met at least once with President Biden’s personal physician.

Jean-Pierre firmly stated that President Biden is not being treated for Parkinson’s disease.

“Has the president been treated for Parkinson’s? No. Is he being treated for Parkinson’s? No, he’s not. Is he taking medication for Parkinson’s? No,” Jean-Pierre reiterated.

However, she initially refused to confirm details of the visits due to “security reasons,” leading to a tense exchange with reporters.

Doctor’s Role and White House Statement

In response to the growing scrutiny, the White House released a memo from Dr. Kevin O’Connor, President Biden’s physician.

The memo confirmed that Dr. Cannard has been the neurology consultant for the White House Medical Unit since 2012 and has examined President Biden during his annual physicals.

“Dr. Cannard was the neurological specialist that examined President Biden for each of his annual physicals. His findings have been made public each time I have released the results of the President’s annual physical,” O’Connor wrote.

He also highlighted that the detailed neurologic exams showed no signs of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s.

Political Implications and Ongoing Debate

The release of the letter comes amid increasing pressure on Biden to prove his fitness for office, especially following a challenging debate against former President Donald Trump on June 27. Critics have urged Biden to end his reelection campaign, but he remains resolute.

“I am not going anywhere,” President Biden declared in a phone interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday. “I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t absolutely believe that I am the best candidate to beat Donald Trump in 2024.”

Despite calls from some House Democrats for him to step aside, President Biden has received continued support from many within his party.

First Lady Jill Biden has also voiced her backing for her husband’s decision to stay in the race.

With information from CBS News

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