'Shifting stories': Internet calls Karine Jean-Pierre a liar after she admits giving false information about neurology doctor meeting Joe Biden

'Shifting stories': Internet calls Karine Jean-Pierre a liar after she admits giving false information about neurology doctor meeting Joe Biden
The White House claimed that Kevin O'Connor and Kevin Cannard met Joe Biden on January 17 at the White House for a neurological examination (Getty Images, LinkedIn)

WASHINGTON, DC: The White House is taking care of business after press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre informed reporters on Tuesday, July 9, that President Joe Biden's care had nothing to do with a meeting between White House physician Dr Kevin O'Connor and renowned expert on Parkinson's disease and neurological disorders, Dr Kevin Cannard

The White House now claims that O'Connor and Cannard met Biden on January 17 at the White House for a neurological examination; the findings of that examination were subsequently released over a month later as part of his yearly physical check-up.

An "extremely detailed neurological exam" revealed that Biden did not exhibit any symptoms of Parkinson's disease or any other cerebellar or central neurological disorders, according to O'Connor who revealed the results on February 28.

President Joe Biden arrives for a memorial service for former first lady Rosalynn Carter at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church at Emory University on November 28, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rosalynn Carter, who passed away on November 19 at the age of 96, was married to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for 77 years. In her lifetime she was an activist and writer known to be an advocate for the elderly, affordable housing, mental health, and the protection of monarch butterflies. Every living first lady are expected to attend the service. (Photo by Brynn Anderson-Pool/Getty Images)
An 'extremely detailed neurological exam' revealed that Joe Biden did not exhibit any symptoms of Parkinson's disease or any other cerebellar or central neurological disorders (Getty Images)

A clarification was asked through a letter sent on July 8 by Dr Kevin O’Connor

During the White House press briefing on Tuesday, July 9, an Associated Press reporter inquired about details regarding a letter that O'Connor had sent on Monday evening, July 8.

"It didn't seem to explicitly describe the nature of Dr Cannard's meeting with Dr O'Connor. So can you say whether that one meeting was related to care for the president himself?" the reporter asked. "I can say that it was not," Jean-Pierre replied. 

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During the White House press briefing on Tuesday, July 9, an Associated Press reporter inquired Karine Jean-Pierre about details regarding a letter that Kevin O'Connor had sent on Monday evening, July 8 (Getty Images)

Karine Jean-Pierre insisted she had already confirmed that three meetings had occurred

Although Cannard's identity was unknown until O'Connor revealed it on Monday, July 8, Jean-Pierre maintained that she had previously verified from "behind this lectern" that three meetings had taken place and that the physician was a "neurologist." She stated that prior to disclosing that information, she required approval from both the president and Canyon. 

"And the reason why is because we do not share private information. That is something that we respect. And we wanted to make sure that we protected our consultants here that work with the White House medical unit, their security as well," she told reporters from the podium Tuesday, July 9.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a press br
Karine Jean-Pierre maintained that she had previously verified from 'behind this lectern' that three meetings had taken place and that the physician was a 'neurologist' (Getty Images)

Jean-Pierre subsequently stated that she was confused because the question did not include the date. The meeting between O'Connor and Cannard was the subject of the inquiry, though, and based on the visitor logs, it was their only encounter between July 2023 and this past March. This period of time has come under investigation because Cannard made eight trips to the White House during that period.

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The meeting between Kevin O'Connor and Kevin Cannard was the subject of the inquiry, though, and based on the visitor logs, it was their only encounter between July 2023 and this past March (St Bonaventure University, LinkedIn)

The other seven visits by Kevin Cannard have Megan Nasworthy listed as the visitee

Megan Nasworthy is listed as the visitee for Cannard's other seven visits. 

"Because the date was not mentioned in the question, I want to be clear that the January 17th meeting between Dr O’Connor and Dr scabbard was for the president’s physical. It was one of the three times the President has seen Dr. Cannard, each time for his physical. The findings from each exam have been released to the public," the statement said. 

Jean-Pierre proactively followed up with the AP to volunteer the information, according to Fox News. The White House has had to provide additional clarification on its responses to queries regarding the health of the 81-year-old president on multiple occasions in the days that have passed since Biden's debate fiasco which sparked fresh worries about his suitability to hold office.

Joe Biden reacts as supporters greet Joe Biden with a light display showing Georgians love for Joe Biden at his debate watch party at Hyatt Regency Atlanta on June 27, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Derek White/Getty Images for DNC)
The White House has had to provide additional clarification on its responses to queries regarding the health of the 81-year-old president on multiple occasions in the days that have passed since Joe Biden's debate fiasco (Getty Images)

Karine Jean-Pierre said Joe Biden 'did not get checked out by the doctor' last week

Jean-Pierre claimed last week that Biden "did not get checked out by the doctor" for a cold that was apparent during the debate on June 27. After the debate, though, Biden claimed in a secret meeting with Democratic governors that he had seen his physician.

According to Jean-Pierre, she intended to imply that Biden did not receive a comprehensive medical examination and that the president did, in fact, "check in" with his physician on a few occasions each week.

 Karine Jean-Pierre (Getty Images)
According to Karine Jean-Pierre, she intended to imply that Joe Biden did not receive a comprehensive medical examination and that the president did, in fact, 'check in' with his physician on a few occasions each week (Getty Images)

The White House released a statement from Kevin O’Connor describing the nature of Kevin Cannard's visits 

In addition, the White House issued a statement from O'Connor on Monday night, July 8, outlining the purpose of Cannard's visits after Jean-Pierre had earlier in the day refused to provide the doctor's name or an explanation for his visit. It also verified that Cannard had been the neurologist who had evaluated Biden on three separate occasions during the 81-year-old's presidency.

"A lot of the things I said right here in this briefing room" were later reiterated in O'Connor's letter, as per Jean-Pierre, who made this claim on Tuesday, July 9.

President Joe Biden speaks onstage at the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center hosted by Pride Live at the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center on June 28, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, a Program of Pride Live)
Kevin Cannard had been the neurologist who had evaluated Joe Biden on three separate occasions during the 81-year-old's presidency (Getty Images)

Karine Jean-Pierre recently stated that White House is doing the best in this briefing

This week, Jean-Pierre said that she and other White House press aides are doing "our best in this briefing to provide the information that we have." "I will be the first one to admit: Sometimes I get it wrong. At least I admit that," she said, adding "And sometimes I don’t have the information. And I will always, always admit that."

Additionally, Jean-Pierre's explanation demonstrates how certain aspects of the president's yearly physical, which is typically carried out at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, can be completed over an extended period of time as opposed to just one day at the hospital in suburban Maryland.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 01: Karine Jean-Pierre speaks onstage at the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum
Karine Jean-Pierre said this week that she and other White House press aides are doing 'our best in this briefing to provide the information that we have' (Getty Images)

When O’Connor released the results of Biden’s physical on February 28, he wrote that "an extremely detailed neurological exam was again reassuring in that 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."

The letter had not stated when the neurological exam had been conducted or where it took place.

Repeated presence of Kevin Cannard in the White House visitor logs also attracted attention

Cannard's frequent entry in the White House visitor logs garnered notice due to his proficiency in treating movement disorders like Parkinson's disease. But this week, Jean-Pierre made it clear that Biden has never had treatment for Parkinson's disease and that he is not currently receiving treatment or medication for the condition.

Cannard has worked for the past 12 years as a neurology consultant for the White House medical unit. In a letter published on Monday night, July 8, O'Connor added that Cannard has regularly hosted neurology clinics at the White House "in support of the thousands of active-duty members assigned in support of White House operations."

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a press conference in the State
Jean-Pierre made it clear that Joe Biden has never had treatment for Parkinson's disease and that he is not currently receiving treatment or medication for the condition (Getty Images)

Internet says Karine Jean-Pierre lied again 

Netizens berated Jean-Pierre and the White House for keeping the general public in dark regarding the doctors' continuous visit to the official residence of Biden amid reports of declining health conditions. One X user wrote, "Soooo she lied!!! Again!!!!" while hinting at Jean-Pierre. Another added, "Shocker. Why are all these records corrected only after they are called out for being lies?" 



 



 

"Shifting stories. Throwing them on the wall hoping something will stick," remarked one and someone else penned, "Yeah, like we didn’t know that." "Why believe anything from this administration if their instinct is to lie first and retract later?" slammed a user. 



 



 



 

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