Biden limps to economic conference in 'space boot' after foot injury

President-elect wore a black brace after breaking his right foot while playing with his dog

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his economic team on Tuesday, introducing new advisers who will try to steer the US out of the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic.

But attention was on the black foot brace Mr Biden was wearing in Wilmington, Delaware, as he limped into the downtown Queen Theatre.

He appeared to be in good spirits, flashing a thumbs-up and saying “It’s good. Thank you for asking,” when asked about his foot.

Mr Biden fractured two small bones in the middle of his right foot while playing with his dog over the weekend, said his doctor, Kevin O’Connor.

The injury, while not serious, again brings focus to his age. He recently turned 78 and will be the oldest president to enter office when he is inaugurated.

Mr Biden looked to keep the nation’s attention off his health and on the economic crisis facing Americans.

The economic advisers he chose show his intention to prioritise the nation’s workers and address economic inequality.

Janet Yellen, announced on Monday as Mr Biden’s nominee for treasury secretary, served as chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018..

In that position, Ms Yellen placed a greater emphasis than her predecessors on maximising employment and less focus on price inflation.

Mr Biden named Cecilia Rouse as chair of his Council of Economic Advisers, and Heather Boushey and Jared Bernstein as members of the council.

All are outspoken supporters of more government stimulus spending to boost growth.

On the campaign trail, Mr Biden promoted stimulus spending for education, climate change and infrastructure.

But his economic ambitions, which include a tax increase on Americans earning more than $400,000, will probably face a strong challenge from Senate Republicans, who have already begun to express renewed concerns about US debt.