Biden ignores question about promised $2000 checks, appears to be prodded by VP to retrieve mask

President Joe Biden ignored Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy on Thursday when confronted about his promise that if Democrats took control of the Senate, stimulus checks would be going out right away.

“Mr. President, whatever happened to your promise from seven weeks ago that if Democrats flip the Senate, checks were going out the door?” Doocy asked.

Biden was speaking at an event marking 50 million vaccine doses administered in 37 days, and upon the completion of his remarks the 78-year-old president walked away from the lectern almost as if he was wandering off.

He immediately raised his hand as if to shake the hands of others, although no one was standing anywhere near Biden. Never mind that the gesture is pretty much verboten amid the pandemic.

Even worse, he walked away from the lectern and began engaging with the officials behind him without putting his mask on — Vice President Kamala Harris, who was also present, seemed to remind the doddering old fool that he left his mask behind.

“My mask!” Biden said, as he dutifully retreated to the lectern to retrieve it. “My mask. My mask.”

Ironically, during the speech he just gave, Biden said: “For God’s sake, wear a mask!”

The president promised the American people earlier this year they would receive $2,000 checks immediately if Democrats won the Senate — the promise coming after Congress approved $600 stimulus checks.

“Their election will put an end to the block in Washington on that $2,000 stimulus check – that money will go out the door immediately to help people who are in real trouble,” Biden said in early January.

Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package is expected to include $1,400 checks, although the measure has yet to be passed by Congress. The administration claims these checks will complete the promise, when added to the $600 checks.

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