President Joe Biden was answering questions from reporters in Vietnam when his press secretary took the microphone and ended the press conference. Here’s the full story.
Biden Speaks in India
After the G20 summit in New Delhi, India, Biden delivered remarks in Hanoi, Vietnam.
While he was still answering questions, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre abruptly ended the press conference.
Press Conference Suddenly Ends
The president was answering a question from a reporter when Jean-Pierre could be heard speaking over him, saying, “Thank you everybody.”
She took the microphone and announced, “This ends the press conference,” before directing everyone to leave the room.
Awkward and Confusing
The press conference ended right after that, and Biden also said “thank you” after standing there awkwardly.
The unexpected move from Jean-Pierre seemed to leave Biden and reporters confused.
During the press conference, the president took five questions from reporters.
After the fifth question, Biden concluded by telling everyone he was “going to bed.” He didn’t leave the stage, so another reporter asked him a question.
Strategic Interests Above Human Rights
The question was whether the president was “putting the United States’ strategic interests above those of human rights.”
Biden replied, “I don’t put anything above human rights.”
Asked About Hunter
As Biden walked away from the podium, he ignored another question about whether he was “worried” about his son, Hunter Biden, being indicted.
“Lying Dog-Faced Pony Soldier”
Shortly before the press secretary ended the press conference, Biden explained why he uses the phrase “lying dog-faced pony soldier” to explain how he feels about politicians who refuse to accept that climate change exists.
He Wasn’t Making Any Sense
Critics said Biden’s response was “lengthy” and that he seemed to be “rambling.” One critic said the press conference ended because Biden “wasn’t making any sense.”
Concerns About Biden’s Age
A recent poll showed Americans are concerned that Biden’s age may negatively affect his physical and mental competence and his ability to serve another term as president.
Why Are They Afraid?
One person commented on X, asking, “Why are they afraid of him answering questions?”
He felt the press secretary cut the president off so he would no longer answer questions.
Supporters Ignore Age Concerns
The president’s supporters have ignored the concerns about Biden’s age and often redirect the conversation to “his energy levels on grueling international trips.”
During the press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, Biden said, “These five-day trips around the world are no problem.”
Jean-Pierre said, “No president has been able to do” the job that Biden has done.
Biden Knows What Americans Need
Jean-Pierre came to Biden’s defense, saying the president has been criticized over his age several times, but “He beat them every time.”
The press secretary said Biden “has a finger on the pulse of what…the American people need.”
Biden Is Delivering
Jean-Pierre said Biden “talks about issues that really matter to the American people, and he is delivering.”
Biden had some support from people who said it was “not unreasonable” for the president to be tired after a “busy couple of days.”
Give Him a Break
One person posted on X, “It’s tiring flying around the world. Let’s give him a break.”
Another person accused the media of focusing on the “least relevant aspect of the conference” rather than “actual issues being discussed and worked on.”
Critics jumped in with their opinions on X, too. Some claimed the press conference was “an embarrassment” and Biden’s “age was catching up to him.”
No Reason Given
Jean-Pierre did not give a reason for ending the press conference, but some say there may have been “time constraints or scheduling conflicts.”
Others believe it was a “strategic move” to prevent the president from addressing specific topics or questions.
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