President Joe Biden met with his physician after last week’s presidential debate, according to White House spokesman Andrew Bates.

The update comes as questions swirl around the future of Biden’s reelection bid. The president and his supporters have dispelled rumors that he is considering dropping out of the race after his first debate performance of 2024 was overshadowed by his repeated gaffes.

An aide for Biden previously told Newsweek that the president was fighting a cold on the night of the event. Bates told CNN on Thursday, “Several days later, the president was seen (by his physician) to check on his cold and was recovering well.”

Newsweek reached out to the White House Press Office for additional comment via email on Thursday.

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President Joe Biden on Monday speaks to reporters in Washington, D.C. The president met with his physician after last week’s presidential debate, according to the White House.

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The comment comes a day after CNN correspondent MJ Lee asked the White House whether the president had received “any medical exams” since his annual checkup in February, at which Biden’s physician reported that the president is “a healthy, active, robust 81-year-old male, who remains fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had told Lee, “We were able to talk to his doctor about that and that is a no.”

During a meeting with a group of Democratic governors Wednesday evening, Biden reportedly told the group that he had a medical checkup following the debate and that his health was fine, according to three sources familiar with the meeting that spoke with Politico.

This is a developing story and will be updated as further information becomes available.