KJP Confronted Over Claim Biden Has Fatigue Issues: ‘Ridiculous Assumption’
Karine Jean-Pierre was confronted by the press about excerpts from a new book that was published this week claiming President Joe Biden has allegedly told aides that he feels exhausted, which is why he does not do events in the morning.
A reporter asked Jean-Pierre about the book, “The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future.”
“The Guardian has excerpts today saying the president has told aides in private that he felt tired and that explains why there are so few events before 10:00 a.m.,” the reporter said. “So, two questions: Is this why we’re seeing brunch lids in recent weeks? Today, we had a breakfast lid. And has the president admitted to you —”
Jean-Pierre asked if the reporter thought there were “breakfast lids” put in place because of the book and not because Biden was tired.
“Not because of the excerpt. The book is suggesting the president tells aides he’s tired,” the reporter responded, adding that as a result, “that’s why there have been so few public events before 10:00 a.m.”
“I mean, that’s a ridiculous assumption to make,” Jean-Pierre claimed. “I mean, that’s a ridiculous assumption to — to make.”
The book’s publication comes at a time when Biden is facing increasing scrutiny over his age and health. Some critics have argued that he is too old to be president, and they have pointed to his occasional gaffes and misstatements as evidence of his declining mental acuity.
Biden has denied that he is unfit for office, and he has said that he is “the healthiest person ever elected president.”
The debate over Biden’s age and health is likely to continue in the months leading up to the 2024 presidential election. If Biden decides to run for re-election, he will be 82 years old on Inauguration Day in 2025.
You can watch the confrontation here:
.@RobCrilly: "There's a new book…saying [Biden] has told aides in private that he felt tired & that explains why there are so few events before 10AM…Is this why we're seeing brunch lids…[H]as [he] admitted to you…he felt tired."
KJP blasts it as "a ridiculous assumption" pic.twitter.com/bbyqTjt365
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 30, 2023