Karine Jean-Pierre Falsely Claimed Parkinson’s Doctor Didn’t Meet Biden In January
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on April 29, 2024 in Washington, DC. Jean-Pierre answered a range of questions related primarily to the Middle East during the briefing.
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday that a Parkinson’s disease doctor who visited the White House in January did, in fact, meet with President Joe Biden, correcting a false claim she had made the day before.

Jean-Pierre had been asked whether a meeting on January 17 between White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor and neurologist Dr. Kevin Cannard, revealed by White House visitor logs, was related to Biden.

The AP reported that it was the only visit the two had, at least on paper, between July 2023 and March 2024. That period came into focus because Cannard had visited the White House eight times during that span.

Jean-Pierre responded to further inquiry by issuing a statement to the AP on Tuesday saying that she had previously relayed the misinformation to the media because “the date was not mentioned in the question.”

“I want to be clear that the Jan. 17 meeting between Dr. O’Connor and Dr. Cannard was for the president’s physical,” she admitted. “It was one of the three times the president has seen Dr. Cannard, each time for his physical. The findings from each exam have been released to the public.”

O’Connor said in a letter on Monday night that all of Biden’s neurological evaluations, which have taken place as part of his yearly physical, have been with the Parkinson’s expert.

Dr. Tom Pitts, a quadruple board-certified neurologist based in New York City, said during an interview with NBC News this week that Biden “definitely” has Parkinson’s disease and degeneration of the brain.

Last week, Jean-Pierre claimed that Biden “did not get checked out by the doctor” for a cold that he said he had during his disastrous debate performance against former President Donald Trump late last month.

However, Biden told Democrat governors in a private call that he did receive a check-up from the doctor after the debate.

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