The US president cleared his calendar to get a dental surgical procedure, the White Home stated
US President Joe Biden had a root canal on the White Home on Monday, delegating Vice President Kamala Harris to deal with a reception for school athletes and suspending his deliberate assembly with NATO head Jens Stoltenberg.
The octogenarian went by means of the preliminary process on Sunday, and had the work accomplished on Monday afternoon after experiencing “additional discomfort,” presidential physician Kevin O’Connor stated in a letter that was made public.
Biden was not put beneath common anesthesia and the twenty fifth Modification was not invoked, his press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre advised reporters, including that he was again at work on the residence.
Harris took over the School Athlete Day on the South Garden, internet hosting the winners of males’s and girls’s NCAA championships from the 2022-2023 season. Biden’s assembly with Stoltenberg and a reception for chiefs of mission have been postponed for Tuesday.
“So far as the well being of the president’s enamel, I can not converse to that,” stated Jean-Pierre.
Biden is the oldest particular person ever to be sworn in as US president, turning 78 simply two months earlier than his inauguration. The White Home has dismissed all issues about his bodily and psychological acuity, repeatedly insisting he’s in good well being.
Whereas the foundation canal gave a pretext to some US retailers to focus on Biden’s penchant for quick meals and sweets – ice cream, particularly – it comes at a time when Washington’s allies in Europe are ready to see who will get the US chief’s blessing to go NATO subsequent.
“Europe is ready for white smoke from Washington,” Politico stated on Monday, noting that the White Home’s endorsement carries a number of weight regardless that the navy bloc technically operates on consensus.
Stoltenberg has led NATO since October 2014, having misplaced his re-election bid as prime minister of Norway the 12 months earlier than. His four-year time period was prolonged in 2018, and once more in 2022, citing the Ukraine battle. It’s set to run out in September, nonetheless, and Stoltenberg has made it clear he is not going to search one other extension. Biden has not but hinted at a most popular alternative.