The latest tell-all book about the Trump administration fanned oxygen on the claim that Vice President Mike Pence was put on “standby” to potentially take over for President Donald Trump when the latter was admitted to the hospital last year.
In a new interview with Fox News, however, Pence dismissed the supposed bombshell and confirmed that any concerns about the president’s health are unfounded.
“If Trump had to undergo a procedure”
Trump’s impromptu visit to Walter Reed Medical Center led to some media conjecture regarding the cause, leading the president to explain that it was part of his physical exam.
Michael Schmidt of The New York Times reignited the speculation in his forthcoming book.
According to Fox, he writes in the Donald Trump V. The United States that Pence was instructed to take over as president “temporarily if Trump had to undergo a procedure that would have required him to be anesthetized.”
Fox News’ Bret Baier brought up the controversy in his interview with the vice president this week.
“I don’t recall being told to be on standby,” Pence responded, as Fox reported. “I was informed that the president had a doctor’s appointment, [but] I’ve got to tell you, part of this job is you are always on standby if you are vice president of the United States.”
“Has not had any chest pains”
Pence went on to emphasize that citizens have nothing to fear in regards to the president’s physical health and stamina.
“The American people can be confident that this president is in remarkable good health, and every single day I see that energy and high relief,” he said.
Presidential physician Sean Conley addressed the initial reports surrounding Trump’s November hospital visit in a statement affirming that the appointment was “planned” but not included in Trump’s schedule because the schedule was not firm.
“Despite some of the speculation, the President has not had any chest pain, not was he evaluated or treated for any specific or acute issues,” Conley added, according to Vox. “Specifically, he did not undergo any specialized cardiac or neurologic evaluations.”
While Trump has slammed more recent gossip regarding supposed neurological issues, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continues to stumble through prepared remarks — without the same level of scrutiny and speculation from the mainstream media.