PRESIDENT Joe Biden left viewers puzzled by revealing a cancer diagnosis.
The president made the statement during his speech on Wednesday about a “climate emergency”.
Biden was describing the health effects of emissions from oil refineries near his childhood home in Claymont, Delaware, saying the plant had a bad “legacy” of “toxins, smog and greenhouse emissions.”
As the president continued to speak on how the refineries contributed to the “climate emergency” in the area, he appeared to say he has cancer.
“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 said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The US Sun, but Biden’s deputy press secretary Andrew Bates later clarified that he was referring to skin cancers he had removed before he took office.
According to Biden’s 2021 White House health summary, his physician removed non-melanoma skin cancers.
The report states: “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 cancers removed with Mohs surgery before he started his presidency. These lesions were completely excised, with clear margins.
“Total body skin exam was performed for dermatologic surveillance. Several small areas of actinic change were treated with liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, but there are no areas suspicious for skin cancer at this time. No biopsies were required,” the doc ends.
According to the National Health Service, non-melanoma skin cancer is a group of cancers that slowly develop in the upper layers of the skin.
The term non-melanoma distinguishes these more common types of skin cancer from the less common skin cancer known as melanoma, which can be more serious.
In another gaffe, the president also said Glasgow was part of England.
While talking about last year’s COP26 climate summit, Biden said: “I was able to bring more world leaders together. We got 100 nations together to agree at the major conference in Glasgow, England – I mean Scotland – to change the emissions policy. We’ve made real progress.’
Republicans were quick to mock the 79-year-old’s flubs and used it to raise questions about Biden’s mental fitness.
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