The White House has dismissed concerns about Joe Biden’s age, suggesting that questions about whether he should try to serve into his mid-80s “should not even be asked”.
It came amid growing concern among grassroots Democrats about the 79-year-old president’s determination to run for re-election in 2024.
Mr Biden is already the oldest person ever to serve as US president and, by the end of a second term, he would be 86.
When asked if Mr Biden had the “stamina, physically and mentally,” for a second term, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said: “That is not a question that we should be even asking.”
The 47-year-old laughed as she said: “I can’t even keep up with him. We just got back from New Mexico. We just got back from California. Just look at the work he does, and look how he’s delivering for the American public.”
She dismissed as “hearsay” and “fallacious” a recent New York Times article in which dozens of frustrated politicians and Democrats officials expressed doubts about Mr Biden’s ability to lead the party into the next election.
The disgruntled Democrats cited the president’s anaemic approval rating – which is currently below 39 per cent – four-decade high inflation and record petroleum prices.
They also questioned whether he had the stamina to take on Donald Trump, if the former president is the Republican nominee again in 2024.