White House denies Biden has cancer after president seems to suggest it during speech

Spokesman indicates Biden was referring to skin cancer.

Updated: July 20, 2022 - 4:52pm

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President Joe Biden during a speech on Wednesday appeared to claim that he is suffering from cancer, a suggestion the White House later denied, according to media reports. 

The president was speaking on climate and energy issues at Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass. "You had to put on your windshield wipers to get literally the oil slick off the window," he said at one point during the speech. "That's why I and so damn many other people I grew up with have cancer."

The remark caused a flurry of speculation on the Internet on Wednesday afternoon, with commentators wondering as to whether Biden had inadvertently revealed a cancer diagnosis. 

The New York Post later reported that White House Spokesman Andrew Bates referred the publication to a tweet from Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, one that noted that Biden "had non-melanoma skin cancers removed" before he became president.