He wants to run as a strong new president – and that in the support shoe. Joe Biden injured himself while playing with his German Shepherd. The timing is unfortunate.
The elected US President Joe Biden sprained his right ankle while playing with his German Shepherd and sustained small stress fractures in his foot. It can therefore be assumed that Biden would have to wear a boot-like orthopedic support shoe “for several weeks,” said doctor Kevin O’Connor in a statement made by Biden’s office. This made it possible that Biden would still have to wear the support shoe at his planned inauguration on January 20th.
The “hairline cracks” affected two small foot bones, so-called cuneiform bones (Os cuneiforme), as the doctor further explained. Biden first visited an orthopedic surgeon in Newark in the state of Delaware late on Sunday afternoon (local time). X-rays initially showed no break. The small hairline cracks were then recognized with the help of an MRI scanner.
A representative from Biden’s office said the president-elect had the injury investigated on Sunday so that his scheduled appointments for Monday would not be affected.
According to his office, the 78-year-old was injured on Saturday while playing with his German Shepherd “Major”. Biden had adopted the dog from a shelter in 2018, according to US media reports.
Trump sends well wishes
The incumbent President Donald Trump, who usually only has ridicule and snappy comments for the Democrat, sent Biden wishes for good health. “You will soon get well,” he wrote on Twitter as a comment on an NBC video that appeared to show Biden limping out of the orthopedic practice.
Democrat Biden and his wife Jill have two sheepdogs, “Champ” and “Major”, who are due to move into the White House with them in January. During the election campaign, Biden even made fun of Trump in a tweet for having previously made derogatory comments about a President’s dogs in the White House. According to reports, the Bidens also want to get a cat.
Biden was declared the winner by US media after the November 3rd election. Trump continues to refuse to recognize Biden’s victory. He has been talking about “massive electoral fraud” for weeks, but has not presented any reliable evidence. US courts have already thrown down numerous lawsuits aimed at challenging the election results and his Republican allies.
Biden does not seem to be put off by this and is preparing to take over government. For example, on Sunday evening, almost at the same time as his injury became known, he announced the heads of the designated communications team at the White House. Jen Psaki is said to be government spokeswoman. She was in the administration of the former Democratic President Barack Obama, among other things, communications director of the White House and spokeswoman for the State Department.