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Biden says he's 'gonna be in trouble' if he answers reporter questions

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 4/28/2021 Ariel Zilber For
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Joe Biden cut short remarks to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday because he said answering more questions would have gotten him into ‘trouble’ - reigniting suspicions his handlers are shielding him from the press.

President Biden, 78, gave a brief address on the North Lawn on Tuesday announcing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance on mask wearing.

The CDC eased its guidelines on Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

After Biden’s remarks, the assembled group of White House correspondents started shouting questions at the president.

Biden answered one question about the need for people to vaccinate so they can take off their masks outdoors.

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He also told another reporter that he wore a mask to the news conference outside so that ‘you [can] watch me take it off and I will put it back on when I get inside.’

When another reporter asked if he had any preconditions before meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden responded: ‘I will discuss that another day.’

Finally, the president was asked a question about the crisis in India, where hundreds of thousands of newly diagnosed coronavirus infections are being reported every day.

'I'm sorry,' he said.

'This is the last question I'll take, and I'm really gonna be in trouble.'

It wasn’t clear what Biden meant by being ‘in trouble.’ 

He then offered a lengthy explanation of his plans to help the COVID-ravaged nation, including sending supplies of anti-viral drug Remdesivir, and helping boost India's vaccine availability. 

On Twitter, critics of the president mocked him. Biden’s opponents in conservative media have denigrated the president as a ‘puppet’ of his staffers.

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During the presidential campaign, supporters of former President Donald Trump mocked Biden for being confined to the ‘basement’ for fear that being out on the trail would make voters realize he was too old and frail for the White House.

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Trump, 74, himself faced repeated questions about his mental wellbeing over his own frequent blunders.  

Biden - the oldest president elected in the history of the United States - has repeatedly shot down rumors about his cognitive health.   

Throughout his political career, which includes stint as a senator from Delaware as well as vice president in the Obama administration, Biden has gained a reputation for verbal slippages and gaffes. 

And last month, he was filmed stumbling three times while walking up the stairs to board Air Force One, with aides later blaming strong winds for the tumble.  

‘That’s what leadership looks like folks,’ one Twitter user commented after Tuesday's brief press conference. 

Another Twitter user commented: ‘Spoken like the most powerful man in the world.’

Another Biden critic chimed in: ‘Deep state at its finest. Who’s Joe gonna be in trouble with? He’s the president, I thought.’

‘Are they giving him shock treatment if he doesn’t do as he’s told?’ Tim Greaux tweeted.

Another Twitter user commented: ‘His handlers won’t be too pleased.’

On March 25, Biden held his first, solo, full-length news conference at the White House.

The president waited 65 days into his first term in office before fielding questions from the press.

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It is the longest period a sitting president has waited to host a news conference in the last 100 years. 

At the one-hour press conference last month, Biden called on just 10 reporters to ask questions, and many of them focused on the migrant crisis at the southern border, leaving little time for other subjects. 

While Biden has been on pace with his predecessors in taking questions from the press in other, more informal formats, he tends to field just one or two inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event or in front of a helicopter.

Pressure had mounted on Biden to hold a formal session, which allows reporters to have an extended back-and-forth with the president on the issues of the day.

Trump held his first press conference February 16, 2017 – less than a month after taking office. And Barack Obama waited even less time, holding his first February 10, 2009.

Biden's conservative critics have pointed to the delay to suggest that Biden was being shielded by his staff, although the White House has repeatedly denied those rumors. 

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