President Donald Trump told Joe Biden on Sunday night to ‘get well soon’ after the president-elect fractured his ankle while playing with his German Shepherd Major.
Biden suffered the injury on Saturday and visited an orthopaedist at Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in Newark, Delaware, for an examination Sunday afternoon, his office said.
As Biden, who will likely be wearing a walking boot for several weeks, was getting ready to leave the doctor’s office, he was photographed by NBC News getting into a vehicle.
Trump later retweeted NBC’s video and surprisingly wrote to Biden: ‘Get well soon!’
Initially, Dr Kevin O’Connor said Biden ‘sustained a sprain of his right foot’ and that there was ‘no obvious fracture’.
But a subsequent CT scan ‘confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot,’ according to a statement from O’Connor.
‘It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks,’ O’Conner added.
Biden’s office said he was taken to the doctor ‘out of an abundance of caution’.
Fractures are a concern generally as people age, but Biden’s appears to be a relatively mild one based on his doctor’s statement and the planned treatment.
At 78 he will become the oldest president when he’s inaugurated in January; he often dismissed questions about his age during the campaign.
He released a doctor’s report in December that disclosed he takes a statin to keep his cholesterol at healthy levels, but his doctor described him as ‘healthy, vigorous’ and ‘fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency’.
Reporters covering the president-elect were not afforded the opportunity to see Biden enter the doctor’s office, despite multiple requests.
Images showed Biden’s motorcade arriving to the Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists office on Sunday afternoon and leaving Sunday night.
Secret Service agents were seen standing outside the office as a doctor had a look at Biden’s injury.
Biden was playing with Major, one of the Bidens’ two dogs, when he sprained his ankle.
The Bidens adopted Major in 2018, and acquired their first dog, Champ, after the 2008 election.
Biden officials have said Major will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House.
The Bidens have said they’ll be bringing their dogs to the White House and also plan to get a cat.
Shortly after Biden visited the doctor, the Instagram fan page for Biden’s dogs, @first_dogs_usa, shared an ‘apology’ from Major and an ‘official’ statement.
‘Paw my god! Dad @JoeBiden, I’m so, sooo sorry I pulled super hard when we played tug-of-war earlier. I am still a puppy & very high energy, I am so sorry you sprained your ankle because of me,’ the post reads.
‘I pawmise to make it up with lots of kisses. I’ll be good, I pawmise.’
In addition to the post, the account released a statement with 41 barks that translated into: ‘I wish my adopted father a speedy recovery but I strongly maintain that I have done nothing wrong.
‘I look forward to the Secret Service’s investigation, which I expect will confirm that I am a very good boy.’
Biden’s fall also sent Twitter into a frenzy with several people referring to him as ‘Slippery Joe’.
‘Slippery Joe Biden slips again! First voter fraud and now his ankle,’ one Twitter user wrote.
Another tweeted: ‘From Sleepy Joe to Slippery Joe.’