President Biden casually shares details about Jimmy Carter’s health at a private Democratic fundraiser
President Joe Biden admitted he “shouldn’t have said that” after accidentally revealing previously unknown details about former President Jimmy Carter’s health at the end of his speech Monday night.
Carter, who has been placed in hospice care at home in failing health, asked Biden to deliver the eulogy, the president said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
“He asked me to give a compliment — I’m sorry, I shouldn’t,” Biden said. “I talked to Jimmy Carter and he finally caught up with him. But they found a way to hold it longer than expected because they found a breakthrough.”
He also hinted that the former president’s cancer had returned. These warnings were not recorded because the video was not authorized.
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The comments came as Biden discussed advances in cancer treatment and called for dozens of attendees to increase funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health Care (ARPA-H), an initiative created by Biden. last year to improve the government’s ability to accelerate biomedical and health research.
Last year, Biden touted ARPA-H as an initiative that “pursues new ideas about how we support basic research and commercial products in this country.”
He “holds so strongly to ideas that nobody, not even the private sector, is willing to give them a chance or invest a lot of money trying to solve them,” he said. , his website informs.
On Monday, Biden also commented on the state of democracy in the United States and the results of the 2022 midterm elections.
“I think the American public has moved to a place where it’s really concerned about our democracy,” Biden said, “and it’s not a joke. That’s not hyperbole.”
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He pointed to the polarization of cable news, saying “people listen to what they want to hear.”
“If you’re moderate to liberal, you want to watch MSNBC, that’s what you watch on cable, conservatives go to Fox News,” Biden said.
The president then moved to cooperate and said his administration has worked with Republicans in Congress and will continue to do so with the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
“We’ve been told we can’t get through anything bipartisan, but guess what?” “We’ve passed more major bipartisan legislation than anyone else in recent memory,” he said.
Biden and Carter previously worked together when Carter was president. At that time, Biden was a US senator. Both helped each other in their campaigns.
Earlier in the day, Biden flew to San Diego and joined Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for the AUKUS summit – an acronym for Australia, Great Britain and the United States.
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He made the announcement outside the Point Loma Naval Station in San Diego, where two submarines, the USS Missouri and the USS Charlotte, were docked at piers behind him.
During his speech, Biden jokingly asked if, as president, he could ask Missouri sailors to be comfortable. This incident was hotly discussed on social networks.
The president said the tripartite partnership would give Australia access to nuclear-powered submarines, “not nuclear-powered”.
“These boats will not have any nuclear weapons,” the president said.
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Sunak later called AUKUS “the most important multilateral defense partnership in a generation.”
Fox News’ Aliah Walls contributed to this report
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