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President Joe Biden has a cold, he told reporters Friday, after sounding gravelly and congested during remarks about the economy.
Speaking from the White House Friday about the November jobs report, Joe Biden's voice was unmistakably hoarse. As the 79-year-old president explained, he has a cold — one he got from his young grandson.
At the end of his speech, the president was asked by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy: "Your voice sounds a little different — are you okay?"
"I'm okay. I have a test every day — a COVID test — I've been checking for all the strands. What I have is a one-and-a-half year old grandson who had a cold, who likes to kiss his pop," Biden said, adding: "It's just a cold."
Joe Biden Says He Caught a Cold From His Grandson Who 'Likes to Kiss His Pop'
The president's youngest grandson, Beau, has been at the White House recently, joining First Lady Dr. Jill Biden as she received the White House Christmas tree just last week.
The president's son Hunter — who was also on hand and held Beau as the tree was presented — welcomed Beau with wife Melissa Cohen last year, later sharing that they had named the baby boy after Hunter's big brother, who died from brain cancer in 2015.