White House plays down worries about Biden health

The White House on Thursday played down concerns about President Biden’s health hours after announcing that he had tested positive for COVID-19, saying he was capable of handling his job even as he isolates for several days.


“He said he was feeling fine,” COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha told reporters, reiterating what other White House officials, including the first lady, said about Biden’s condition in the hours after he tested positive.


Jha and press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre were peppered with questions during the briefing about whether any protocols at the White House would change given the 79-year-old’s positive test.