Biden to undergo long-awaited physical exam day before 79th birthday

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Biden to undergo long-awaited physical exam day before 79th birthday

President Biden will undergo a routine physical at Walter Reed Medical Center outside Washington, the White House announced Friday.

The procedure was not on Biden’s original public schedule, but was announced by White House press secretary Jen Psaki in a brief morning statement.

It was not immediately clear whether the exam would include a cognitive test, which some Republican lawmakers have insisted the president undergo. Psaki said the White House would provide more details after Biden arrived at the hospital.

Psaki was pressed last week about when Biden — who turns 79 on Saturday — would undergo the exam, since he has been in office for nearly 10 months and is the oldest man to hold the office of president. 

“He will be doing his physical soon,” she said at the time.  “As I’ve noted before, as soon as he does that, we will provide that information transparently to all of you.”

In recent weeks, the White House has attempted to shrug off questions about Biden’s health, with Psaki blaming a persistent presidential cough on allergies at one point last month.

The last detailed medical report on Biden was released in December 2019, when a doctor described him as a “healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency,” per multiple reports.

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Biden had not received a physical in the nearly 10 months since he took office.
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A recent poll found that approximately half of all registered voters have concerns about the president’s health. 

The Politico/Morning Consult survey published Wednesday found that 50 percent of registered voters disagreed with the statement “Joe Biden is in good health,” while only 40 percent agreed and 10 percent did not know or had no opinion.

The poll also found that 48 percent of voters disagreed with the statement “Joe Biden is mentally fit,” while 46 percent agreed and 6 percent did not know or had no opinion.

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