President Biden plans to call former President Bill Clinton in the hospital to wish him a speedy recovery, the White House said Friday.
“The President sends his best wishes to President Clinton, President Biden will be speaking to them later today,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One during a flight to Connecticut.
“They have not connected yet but we’re hoping to connect them later today,” she said.
Clinton, 75, was hospitalized this week in California after a urinary tract infection spread to his bloodstream, according to his doctors.
The ex-president was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday for “close monitoring” and given IV antibiotics and fluids, Dr. Alpesh Amin and Dr. Lisa Bardack said in a statement.
Former first lady Hillary Clinton, 73, was photographed making a late-night visit to the hospital on Thursday.
Bill Clinton has receded from Democratic Party respectability in recent years after the #MeToo movement heaped scorn on powerful men who misuse their power to prey on female subordinates.
Clinton was impeached in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice for trying to cover up his affair with 21-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
He narrowly avoided becoming the nation’s first first gentleman when his wife lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump in a stunning upset.