White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was apparently taken aback by a CNN question on whether US President Joe Biden has the “stamina” to compete for re-election in 2024.
On his prime time Monday broadcast, CNN’s Don Lemon asked the White House press secretary about the commander-in-“physical” chief’s and “mental” vigour, a topic that has gained traction since a recent New York Times report quoted top-ranking Democrats who have begun to call the 79-year-old president’s age a “major issue.”
“Do you believe the president has the strength, physically and emotionally, to continue even into 2024?” the CNN presenter inquired.
Ms Jean-Pierre laughed at the reporter’s question before responding in what appeared to be honest disbelief, exclaiming: “Don! You’re asking me this question! Oh my gosh.”
She went on to elaborate on her rejection of the comments mentioned in the New York Times piece, calling them “salacious” and “hearsay.”
Watch the video below of this exchange: