During a rare question and answer session with the press on Tuesday, President Joe Biden bizarrely cut off taking questions stating that he would be “in trouble” if he continued to answer queries from reporters.
Biden was addressing new federal guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control on wearing masks as they pertain to vaccinated versus non-vaccinated individuals. He answered a few questions that were asked by reporters outside at the White House.
“I’m sorry,” he stated as someone asked him about the spread of the virus in India. “This is the last question I’ll take, and I’m really gonna be in trouble.”
It is unclear exactly who the president would be in trouble with considering his position. However, he has been known for avoiding issues which many attribute to his tendency towards gaffes. It is also possible the reply could have been a reference to his schedule.
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The statement aroused suspicion in many that Biden was answering to those shielding him from the press. It also brought to mind the virtual meeting in March for the Democratic Party caucus where Biden told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would take questions from those attending. His live stream was then abruptly cut off allegedly by the White House at that point.
Biden has seemed reluctant to do press conferences since entering office. He has limited the number of engagements with the media to one press conference and a few impromptu Q & A sessions. He held his first press conference after being in office for 65 days. That is a record. It has not taken that long for any president over the last 100 years to convene their first press briefing. Even then, questions were limited and Biden only called on ten preselected reporters.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has held daily press briefings acting as the de facto voice of the White House. However, the press is frustrated over what they perceive to be a lack of transparency over issues such as the border crisis and the lack of access to Biden.
The Washington Post’s Fact-Checker stated that the 67 falsehoods that they had noted during the president’s first 100 days were at least partially due to the fact that Biden “rarely faces reporters or speaks off the cuff.”
During the presser, Biden parroted the new CDC guidelines which still mandate that people wear masks indoors whether they have been vaccinated or not. The agency did say that people who were vaccinated could stop wearing masks outdoors unless they are in large gatherings. The president continued to push for all Americans to get inoculated as soon as possible.
When asked why people who aren’t vaccinated should still wear a mask outdoors, Biden replied, “because the science indicates that the most certain way to make sure it doesn’t spread is if both people have been vaccinated, and you’re outside.”
Biden condescendingly told another reporter that he wore a mask to the press conference so that “you [can] watch me take it off and I will put it back on when I get inside.”
When asked about meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden demurred and said he would address that another day.
Twitter had a field day with Biden’s response, including Donald Trump Jr.
“Are we still pretending this is the guy in charge? Who will the “leader” of the free world be in trouble with? Kamala? Xi???” the son of former President Donald Trump tweeted.
Biden will be in trouble with his masters… you know… c’mon man… the puppet masters. #DementiaPresident
— Lance Greenfield (@LanceGreenfield) April 28, 2021
Who will Biden "get in trouble" with for taking basic press questions? He's the PRESIDENT!
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) April 27, 2021
Can't get over when Biden takes questions and keeps saying "I'm gonna get in trouble" when he is the President of the United States
— Jake Lahut (@JakeLahut) April 27, 2021
Any of you Biden backers heard and seen enough yet? Biden, in a presser today ended the questioning saying. “I’m gonna be in big trouble!” For fielding questions as President? In trouble with whom?
— Michael Earnest, QM1(SW), USN Ret. (@mse47) April 28, 2021
Biden making this remark regarding getting into trouble tells that he is really being manipulated and directed from someone or some group above him.
— Paul R. James (@Flossie6) April 28, 2021
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