Joe Biden and his doctor are hiding from public view after contracting the coronavirus

Joe Biden and his doctor are hiding from public view after contracting the coronavirus

The White House is carefully controlling the optics of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus infection after he tested positive for the virus Thursday morning.

The president has not appeared in public since his infection, choosing instead to make carefully staged and edited releases Photo And his White House staff made videos on social media.

The president does not appear before the press pool that monitors his activities or is filmed by outside media cameras.

The White House released a video of Biden speaking to the camera, expressing confidence in his health despite being infected.

“I’ve been double vaccinated, double boosted, symptoms are mild,” Biden said, urging his supporters to “keep the faith.”

“I’m doing well, I’m working a lot, I’m going to keep doing it,” he said.

The White House has indicated that the videos released by staff are enough to reassure the public about the president’s health.

“You have seen a picture of the President. You have seen a video of the President. And so we’re doing it very differently,” White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters during a press briefing Thursday.

The White House said Biden was able to appear on camera despite his infection, thanks to a White House staffer filming the president wearing an N95 mask and socially distancing from the president.

The White House on Friday released another photo of the president from Thursday signing the formula into law. The president wore a mask as a staff photographer took his picture.

The White House appeared reluctant to make Biden’s doctor, Kevin O’Connor, available for questions, despite historical precedent for presidential doctors briefing the public on the president’s health.

Jean-Pierre was upset when reporters expressed frustration at what he called a game of “telephone,” where key details about the president’s health were unclear or unanswered.

“I don’t think it’s a game of telephone,” he replied.

Senior White House correspondent George Condon challenged the White House for their lack of transparency, noting that neither Jean-Pierre nor Dr. Zha had seen or treated the president since he tested positive for the virus.

“The question is: When will Dr. O’Connor arrive?” Condon asked. “Because just giving a statement and shielding him from questioning would be the least transparent of any White House in 50 years about the president’s illness.”

Jean-Pierre flinched at the question.

“Wow, I wholeheartedly disagree with your last statement,” he said. “So, we’re doing it very differently — I would argue, very differently than the last administration.”

Former President Donald Trump has appeared in front of the media multiple times since contracting the coronavirus, even visiting Walter Reed Hospital and later outside the hospital in a presidential SUV to thank supporters for their well wishes.

While the president was at Walter Reed, Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, and his entire team came out and answered reporters’ questions about the president’s health.

When he returned to the White House, Trump appeared outside the balcony in front of media cameras and took off his mask to show he was healthy.

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