Watch: White House Press Briefing Halted by Sudden Medical Emergency


The White House daily press briefing Tuesday was anything but routine.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre interrupted a reporter’s question and brought the briefing to a brief halt to deal with an emergency as a woman near the back of the room apparently fainted.

“Did somebody pass out?” Jean-Pierre asked, leaving her customary podium and heading toward the back of the room.

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The woman had been standing in the back of the room, according to Mediaite.

In a post on the social media platform X, Kellie Meyer, White House correspondent for the conservative news outlet NewsNation, reported that a medical team was called in.

The woman was not identified, but she was in the area of the room occupied by reporters.

“We have an emergency,” a participant in the room said, according to Fox News.

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Medical responders were called to assist the woman and Jean-Pierre herself gave her water, Meyer reported.

Her condition was not released.

While it wasn’t clear what caused the problem, it came on a day when the temperature in Washington was in the 90s, according to Fox.

The briefing room was crowded, as the video shows, and Meyer’s social media post noted that it was “warm.”

When she returned to the podium, Jean-Pierre asked if anyone in the room needed water, according to Fox.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.