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White House says President Biden does not have cancer, was referring to a previous treatment for skin cancer

After President Joe Biden on Wednesday said during his speech in Somerset that he has cancer, the White House clarified that he was actually referring to a skin cancer treatment that he had before taking office.

Biden said in his speech that, because he had lived near an oil refinery while growing up, “you had to put on your windshield wipers to get, literally, the oil slick off the window,” adding, “That’s why I and so damn many other people I grew up with have cancer and why for the longest time Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation.”

Biden made his speech at the site of the former coal-burning Brayton Point Power Station, which is currently being converted into a renewable energy hub, as 10 WJAR reports.

After Biden’s comments, RNC Research Tweeted: “Did Joe Biden just announce he has cancer?” alongside a clip of his speech.

Glenn Kessler, the head of The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” feature, quickly responded: “How dumb is this tweet? Check out Biden’s medical report. Before he became president, he’d had non-melanoma skin cancers removed. Has no one at @RNCResearch ever had this common procedure?”

White House spokesman Andrew Bates referred those inquiring about Biden’s remark to Kessler’s Tweet.

The medical records in question are from Biden’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, who explained in a White House report in November 2021: “It is well-established that President Biden did spend a good deal of time in the sun in his youth. He has had several localized, non-melanoma skin cancer removed with Mohs surgery before he started his presidency. These lesions were completely excised, with clear margins.”

However, Greg Price of XStrategies LLC responded to Kessler, pointing out that Biden “said ‘I have cancer’ in the present tense.” Price further added in another Tweet: “Joe Biden said ‘I have cancer from oil slicks on a windshield’ and the response from his handlers at the White House is to claim he was talking against a time he had cancerous moles removed caused by exposure to sunlight.”

Some suggested that Biden may have actually been referring to his son, Beau Biden, who died in 2015 from brain cancer. Others simply dismissed Biden’s comments as one of his many gaffes.

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEWSWEEK

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