Karine Jean-Pierre is scrambling after being asked one incriminating question

Being the press secretary is a hard enough job under any president. But with Biden at the helm, it’s nearly impossible.

And Karine Jean-Pierre is scrambling after being asked one incriminating question.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that President Biden does not suffer from Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia following last Thursday’s disastrous debate.

“Does President Biden, at 81 years old, have Alzheimer’s, any form of dementia or degenerative illness that cause these sorts of lapses? And it’s a yes or no question,” a reporter asked Jean-Pierre Tuesday afternoon.

“Are you ready for it? It’s a no. And I hope you’re asking the other guy the same exact question,” Jean-Pierre responded, attempting to deflect attention to former President Trump.

Tuesday’s press briefing marked the first since Biden’s disastrous debate performance last week, which triggered calls among Democrats and legacy media outlets for the president to drop out of the election over mounting concerns about his age and mental acuity.

Biden was seen tripping over his words during the debate, losing his train of thought, responding with a raspy voice, and displaying an overall slow and weak demeanor while squaring off against Trump.

Concerns over the president’s mental fitness have circulated for years, heightening in recent months after Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report described Biden as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

Last month, the White House dismissed repeated recorded instances of Biden’s gaffes or miscues during public events as “cheap fakes,” such as the viral video showing the president standing relatively motionless during a Juneteenth concert event at the White House.

Jean-Pierre doubled down during the White House press briefing that the administration has no regrets over promoting the cheap fake narrative – even after the debate sparked widespread concern over the president’s mental acuity, most notably among traditional Left-wing allies. Cheap fakes, under the White House’s definition, are understood as real videos that are cropped or edited in an allegedly deceptive manner.

“Not at all, not at all,” she answered when Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich asked if the administration regretted using the terminology.

“…Independent, mainstream fact-checkers in the press, and misinformation experts, have been calling out cheap fakes. And at the end of the day, they’re fakes. That’s what they were – targeting the president. They have said, the reporters and these misinformation experts, said that this president was being targeted. And what we did was echo them. That’s what we did. And look, we’ll certainly continue to call that out.”

Jean-Pierre noted that she did not coin the phrase and that the administration took the phrase from the media.

“That came from the media. They called it cheap fakes. And they said this president, President Biden, was being targeted on misinformation. It was purposefully being done to this president. And what we did is we echoed that. So I don’t regret it at all. It was just the facts.”

The Trump campaign called for an apology over the phrase last week, arguing that following Biden’s debate performance, “everyone sees there’s NOTHING fake about Biden’s decline.”

“The Biden White House and entire Democrat Party are both directly implicated in the greatest coverup in U.S. political history – and the mainstream media is complicit in their lies to the American public about Joe Biden’s mental state. They owe an apology to not just our campaign, but more importantly to the American people, for this major scandal that has led to the demise of our country over the past four years,” Trump campaign national press secretary Karoline Leavitt told Fox News Digital last week.

The majority of questions Jean-Pierre fielded Tuesday afternoon revolved around Biden’s mental and physical health, with the press secretary underscoring that Biden and his allies, such as former President Obama, have noted the debate did not go well for the president, but that he’s “fighting” for the American people.

“Is anyone in the White House hiding information about the president’s health or his ability to do the job day to day?” one reporter fired at Jean-Pierre.

“Absolutely not,” the press secretary answered.

“After the debate, did the president get examined by a doctor, or did he get a neurological scan?” another reporter asked.

“A neurological scan? Look, what I can say is that, just to take a step back, it was a bad night. We understand that it was a bad night, and the president has spoken to this, and he understands that,” she responded.

Jean-Pierre continued in the press briefing that the administration has been “transparent” regarding the president’s health history, saying they have released comprehensive medical reports for Biden’s annual checkups.

The press conference comes the same day as Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, called on Biden to withdraw from the presidential race, marking the first time an elected Democratic official called on the president to bow out.

“President Biden has continued to run substantially behind Democratic senators in key states and in most polls has trailed Donald Trump. I had hoped that the debate would provide some momentum to change that. It did not. Instead of reassuring voters, the president failed to effectively defend his many accomplishments and expose Trump’s many lies,” Doggett said.

Legacy media outlets, such as The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, published opinion pieces calling on Biden to bow out of the race following the debate, while former elected officials and other traditional allies of the party have made similar remarks.

Stay tuned to the DC Daily Journal.

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