The Biden administration is sticking closely to its talking points after sharing the news that President Biden has COVID.
As the White House portraying Biden as “keeping busy,” First Lady Jill Biden said her husband was “doing fine”, the New York Post reported.
Jill Biden says husband ‘doing fine’ after COVID diagnosis
The White House says Biden’s illness is mild, but the news has raised fresh concerns about his health at a time when many of his own allies have begun acknowledging doubts about his fitness for office.
Biden’s age of 79 and asthma put him at a higher risk from COVID. His doctors have taken him off blood thinners and are using aspirin as a substitute as he undergoes the antiviral treatment Pavloxid.
Jill Biden is negative for COVID as of Friday, but she will stay at the Bidens’ home in Delaware while her husband recuperates.
“My husband tested positive for COVID. I talked to him just a few minutes ago. He’s doing fine. He’s feeling good,” Jill Biden said.
There is a sense of irony in Biden’s diagnosis, given that the quadruple-vaccinated president previously called COVID a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” He has pushed vaccine mandates to make life miserable for those refusing to take the shot.
Biden’s “keeping busy”
The media have conveyed the administration’s messaging on Biden’s illness with little skepticism, a sharp contrast from the wild speculation that surrounded President Trump’s COVID bout in 2020.
The White House shared a still image Thursday of Biden “keeping busy” at his desk and a short clip of Biden talking on the White House balcony. In both cases, Biden was maskless.
“I’m doing well. I’m getting a lot of work done — going to continue to get it done,” Biden said.
“In the meantime, thanks for your concern and keep the faith. It’s going to be OK.”