Karine Jean-Pierre suggests ‘thousands’ of military personnel treated at White House medical unit

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suggested Monday that “thousands” of military personnel have been treated at the White House’s medical unit.

The comments came when responding to questions about a New York Times report which said an expert on Parkinson’s disease from Walter Reed National Medical Center had visited the White House eight times in the past eight months – including “at least once for a meeting with President Biden’s physician.”

A reporter asked Jean-Pierre if she could confirm ‘yes or no’ that the Parkinson’s expert’s visit had anything to do with the health of President Biden.

Jean-Pierre pivoted, saying the most recent report on the president’s health, released in February had no findings consisted with cerebellar or any other central neurological disorder such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or ascending lateral sclerosis.

Pressed to be more concise in her answer, Jean-Pierre said, “There are thousands of military personnel who come onto this White House. Many of them get the care from the White House medical unit.”

“The medical unit hosts a wide range of specialists, from dermatologists to neurologists and so, I cannot speak to every person because … there’s actually security reasons to protect their privacy,” Jean-Pierre said.

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