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Biden’s Doctor Releases Statement As Health Concerns Mount

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Joe Biden’s physician has released a letter addressing visits to the White House by a Parkinson’s disease specialist amid mounting concerns about the president’s mental condition.

Dr. Kevin Cannard visited the White House eight times in eight months, according to The New York Times report on Monday. Visitor logs indicate that Cannard’s visits started in July and concluded in March. One of the visits involved meeting with the White House physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, and a cardiologist.

O’Connor’s letter hailed Cannard’s qualifications as an expert while also trying to deflect any attempts to link the visits to Biden’s health.

“Prior to the pandemic, and following its end, he has held regular Neurology Clinics at the White House Medical Clinic in support of the thousands of active-duty members assigned in support of White House operations,” he wrote.

“Many military personnel experience neurological issues related to their service, and Dr. Cannard regularly visits the WHMU as part of this General Neurology practice,” O’Connor added. The letter went on to say that when Biden had his three annual neurological exams, Cannard was the doctor who performed them.

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The White House physician quoted a Feb. 28 letter saying “‘there were no findings which would be consistent with any cerebellar or other central neurological disorder, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or ascending lateral sclerosis, nor are there any signs of cervical myelopathy.’”

“Seeing patients at the White House is something that Dr. Cannard has been doing for a dozen years,” the letter said, saying he was picked “not because he is a movement disorder specialist, but because he is a highly trained and highly regarded neurologist …”

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre fought off questions about Biden seeing a Parkinson’s specialist, which came on the heels of a horrendous debate performance against former President Donald Trump last month in Atlanta.

“Has the president been treated for Parkinson’s? No. Is he being treated for Parkinson’s? No, he’s not. Is he taking medication for Parkinson’s? No,” she said, adding she would not discuss visits for “security reasons.”

“Did Dr. Kevin Cannard come to the White House specifically because of the president’s condition?” Ed O’Keefe of CBS News asked Jean-Pierre.

“For security reasons, we cannot share names,” the press secretary said. “We cannot share names of specialists broadly, from a dermatologist to a neurologist.”

“It doesn’t matter how hard you push me. It doesn’t matter how angry you get with me. I’m not going to confirm a name. It doesn’t matter if it’s even in the log,” she said in an increasingly frustrated manner. “It is inappropriate. It is not acceptable. So I’m not going to do it.”

Fox News host Shannon Bream said over the weekend that the network could find no Democratic lawmakers or allies of President Joe Biden willing to publicly defend his decision to continue his presidential campaign.

On her show “Fox News Sunday,” Bream revealed that her team spent several days attempting to find Democrats willing to support Biden’s decision on air, but all were either “unable or unwilling” to do so. She noted that dozens of Biden campaign lawmakers and allies declined invitations to appear on her program to discuss the matter.

“Now, before we get to our guests, I want you, the viewers at home, to know something. Our team has spent days reaching out to dozens of lawmakers and Biden advocates and allies,” Bream said. “We’ve had numerous interactions with the Biden/Harris campaign, but not a single potential guest was either able or willing to join us on today’s show to defend the president and his decision to stay on the ticket.”

She added: “We will be having a conversation without that voice, which we have been working around the clock to avoid.”

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