President Joe Biden said Friday that Bill Clinton is “doing fine” and will be released from the hospital “shortly” after being admitted earlier in the week with an infection.
“He’s doing fine. He really is. And he’s going to be released from the hospital,” Biden said before boarding Marine One to return to the White House, according to pool reports.
“He’s not in any serious condition. He is getting out shortly as I understand. Whether that’s tomorrow or the next day I don’t know,” Biden added.
The president also said it’s been a while since he’s last seen Clinton, and that he plans to get together and “have some lunch” with him at some point in the future.
“He was very encouraging about why he thought the policies I was pursuing made sense but we didn’t get into much detail, except I was mainly just seeing how he was doing,” Biden said of his phone call with the former president. The White House did not provide further details on when the call took place.
Clinton, 75, was admitted to a Southern California hospital on Tuesday with a non-Covid-related infection. In an update Friday night, Clinton spokesperson Angel Ureña said the former president is in “excellent spirits” and will remain in the hospital while he continues to “receive treatment.”
“All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly,” Ureña said. “In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight.”
Clinton was also “administered IV antibiotics and fluids” on Thursday, according to a statement from his physicians.
“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well,” Alpesh Amin and Lisa Bardack said in a statement Thursday. “The California-based medical team has been in constant communication with the President’s New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist. We hope to have him go home soon.”