Medical Emergency Derails White House Press Briefing

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( – On Tuesday, a White House press briefing came to a halt due to a medical emergency. With the temperatures in Washington, D.C. reaching 92 degrees, one individual collapsed from the heat. 

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre interrupted a reporter’s question to assist in the emergency. While getting down from the podium she asked whether someone had fainted. After a few minutes, the medical staff of the White House, as well as Jean-Pierre, returned to offer water to the rest of the correspondents in the room. 

The high temperatures are affecting the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States, with the heat wave expected to continue through the weekend. 

More than 76 million people are currently under heat alerts, stretching from Iowa to the Great Lakes region, Ohio Valley, Northeast, and New England.

Excessive heat warnings were also issued in Indiana specifically Detroit, Fort Wayne, and Pittsburgh. New England, Philadelphia, western Massachusetts,  eastern Massachusetts to southern Maine, and central Connecticut have all put heat wave watches in place. The heat has also been affecting many major cities, with temperatures reaching the high 80s and 90s. Over the weekend, the temperature in Washington is even expected to reach the 100s. New York City Mayor Eric Adams advised residents to use cooling centers, which can be found around the city to cope with the heat wave. Authorities have also cautioned the public to avoid the dangerous conditions if possible.

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