Biden tells Democrats he saw a doctor after the debate

President Joe Biden told Democratic governors on Wednesday that he’d been cleared by a doctor after last week’s debate, contradicting earlier statements from the White House about his medical care.

The president met with the Democratic governors in person and by video call on Wednesday evening and faced questions about last week’s devastating debate performance. Asked whether he’d received medical care after the debate, he told the assembled governors he was checked out by a doctor and that everything was fine, according to two sources familiar with the exchange.

Politico first reported Biden’s comments.

A few hours earlier, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that Biden hadn’t undergone any medical exams since February when he last received a thorough physical and took several tests.

The White House now says that Biden hasn’t had a physical since February, but he has seen a doctor regularly since then for brief check-ins, including after the debate.

“Several days later, the President was seen to check on his cold and was recovering well,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates told NBC News in a statement Thursday morning. The White House added that Biden hasn’t undergone any kind of neurological scan since the debate a week ago.

Like other presidents, Biden has a personal physician who travels with him and is on hand for any needs.

Biden’s meeting with governors was organized by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, as part of a broader effort to tamp down on concerns about his poor debate performance and the path forward.

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