(The Hill) – President Biden said on Friday he had a cold after looking hoarse and coughing during remarks on the November Jobs Report at the White House.
The president, hoarsely, said he had been tested and did not have COVID-19.
Instead, he has a cold, which he claims was given to him by his grandson.
“I’m fine. I have a test every day to see, a COVID test. I checked all the strands. What I have is a 1 1/2 year old grandson who had a cold, who likes to kiss his daddy. And he kissed… anyway, “the president said when asked if he was okay.” But it’s just a cold. “
Biden’s young grandson is Hunter Biden’s child and is called Beau Biden, in honor of the president’s late son.
The White House highlighted the president’s response when The Hill asked him about his health.
Biden’s disease comes as the omicron COVID-19 variant is detected in the United States, with the first case found in California on Wednesday and four other states confirming cases on Friday.
Biden, 79, coughed and cleared his throat while discussing the employment figures released on Friday. According to the report, the US economy created 210,000 jobs in November, less than half of the 500,000 expected by economists. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, was significantly lower than the 4.5% projected by analysts, falling 0.4 percentage points from October to 4.2%.
Despite his cold, Biden expressed optimism about the economy and the holiday season ahead.
“Each year December brings the joys of a holiday period and gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past year, look ahead and start imagining the new year ahead. This year we can reflect on extraordinary progress, ”he said.
Biden called the drop in unemployment “incredible news” and said it was “a significant improvement” that the economy created 6 million jobs in his first 10 full months in office.
“Due to the extraordinary progress we have made, we look forward to a brighter and happier New Year, in my opinion,” he said.