Biden coughing excessively during his COVID-19 press conference

President Joe Biden aroused questions when he coughed his way through his press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday. 

According to The Daily Wire the president was in the midst of addressing the rise of the Omicron variant and what the administration plans to do to combat it when he continually stopped to cough and clear his airway. 

Biden began by talking about how far the United States had come in the fight against COVID-19. He said that around 200 million Americans have received a vaccination and that many have also received a booster. 

He then began to talk about the administration’s plan going forward: 

“There are some parts of this country where people are very eager to get their booster where it’s harder to get an appointment,” he continued pausing briefly to cough into his hand. “Excuse me. Starting this week I’ll be deploying hundreds more vaccinators and more sites to help get the booster shots in people’s arms.”

“I’ve ordered FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to stand up new pop-up vaccination clinics all across the country, where you can get that booster shot. We’ve opened –” Biden coughed into his hand again before continuing. 

“Excuse me. We’ve opened FEMA vaccination sites in Washington state and New Mexico recently as cases have increased.”

Questions have begun to arise about the seemingly uncontrollable respiratory issues with the president and several have come out to ask questions on Twitter, including political commentators: 

“Biden struggling with a cough during this speech,” Fox News contributor Guy Benson noted.

“Biden coughs into his hand as he scolds unvaccinated for ‘spreading’ Covid hahahahha can’t make this up,” Liz Wheeler added.

“Does Biden have a COVID cough?” Todd Starnes asked.

This comes after earlier in the week when the White House announced that the president had come into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, but insisted that he was feeling fine: 

The Associated Press’ White House correspondent Darlene Superville tweeted, “@PressSec says Biden is asymptomatic after his close contact last week with a staffer who later tested positive for COVID-19. ‘He’s asymptomatic. I spent several hours with him this morning and he is feeling great,’ she said.”

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