President Joe Biden, the oldest person sworn in as the country’s chief executive, has confidence in Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., despite recent reports about the senator’s declining mental health, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.
The San Francisco Chronicle last week reported that four U.S. senators, including three Democrats, as well as former Feinstein staffers and a California Democrat member of Congress said that the 88-year-old senator’s memory had been deteriorating rapidly.
The sources told the Chronicle it appeared Feinstein no longer can fulfill her job duties without staffers doing much of the work.
During Monday’s White House press briefing, Psaki was asked whether Biden, 79, still had confidence in Feinstein.
“Yes, she’s a longtime friend, a proud public servant, and someone he has long enjoyed serving with and working with,” Psaki said.
When a reporter followed up by asking whether the president had reached out to Feinstein following the Chronicle’s report, Psaki said: “I don’t have any updates on private conversations.”
Feinstein, who was elected to the Senate in 1992, will see her term end in 2024. She previously served as San Francisco mayor 1978-88.
The Chronicle reported that Feinstein sometimes did not seem to recognize longtime colleagues. Continue reading at Newsmax.