Biden’s most memorable clashes with reporters in 2021
President Biden’s ascension to the Oval Office meant White House-media relations have improved significantly from the previous administration, but Biden still had several difficult times with the press during his first year at the to be able to.
In January, shortly after taking office, Biden was upset by Zeke Miller of The Associated Press when he asked if pushing for 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days was too low a goal.
âWhen I announced it, you all said it wasn’t possible. Come on, give me a break, man,â Biden said as he walked away. In fact, the 100 million target was easily met, and the country distributed 200 million vaccines ahead of its 100th day in office as vaccinations ramped up after a slow start.
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In June, Biden lashed out at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins after suggesting he was convinced Russian President Vladimir Putin could change his malicious behavior after their summit in Geneva.
Biden, who was walking away from his press conference, turned to Collins and said, “I’m not sure he’ll change his behavior. What the hell, what are you doing all the time?”
As Collins tried to speak, Biden raised his finger and continued angrily, “When did I say I was confident? Let’s be clear. I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and diminishes their standing in the world. I am not sure of anything. I am only stating a fact. “
He added that Collins was in the “bad deal” if she couldn’t figure out why their meeting was productive before she walked away. Biden then apologized for his outburst, saying he had been a “wise guy”.
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In July, while sitting in the Oval Office with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Biden smiled but still insulted NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell after asking him to comment on the Veterans Affairs Secretary. Denis McDonough’s announcement that frontline VA workers would be required to get the coronavirus vaccine.
“You are a real pain in the neck, but I will answer your question because we have known each other for so long,” he said. âIt has nothing to do with Iraqâ¦ I’ll answer your question. Yes, Veterans Affairs will, in fact, demand that all doctors working in their establishments be vaccinated. “
This is the same president who joked about running over a reporter who asked about Israel in May, as he answered questions during a test drive of a Ford F-150 Lightning .
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Also in July, he warmed up with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy after being challenged over his remarks in May that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks. At the time, an increase in the virus prompted federal health officials to issue updated guidelines on wearing masks, even for those who had received coronavirus vaccines.
âIn May, you made it sound like the vaccine was the ticket to losing the mask forever,â Doocy told Biden, who had already left the podium.
âIt was true back then,â Biden shouted. “Because I thought there were people who were going to understand that getting the shot made a dramatic difference and what happened was the new variant came along, they didn’t get the shot, it did. spread faster and more people were getting sick. “
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The questions about Afghanistan created another momentous moment in July, when Biden interrupted reporters who tried to ask him questions about the troop withdrawal, saying he did not want to answer any more on the subject because it was a “holiday weekend”.
After receiving questions about the country’s security concerns and the withdrawal schedule, Biden said he wanted to talk about “happy things” before July 4.
“I’m not going to answer any moreâ¦ Look, it’s July 4th,” Biden said after a fourth question on Afghanistan. “I’m afraid you will ask me some questions which I will answer next week. But it’s a holiday weekend, I’m going to celebrate it. Great things are happening.”
In late August, Biden again memorable clash with Doocy while being pressed by the tumultuous withdrawal of US troops he had ordered from Afghanistan. The fragile government of the war-torn country quickly collapsed in the face of the Taliban, and 13 US soldiers were killed along with dozens of Afghans in a suicide bombing attack in Kabul.
Biden has said he is assuming his responsibilities but has repeatedly asked Doocy if it is correct that former President Trump also pledged to the Taliban to withdraw from Afghanistan before stepping down. As Doocy continued to question him, Biden tilted his head and put it on his hands.
Biden has repeatedly refused to answer questions about Afghanistan this month, at one point blowing up a reporter at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters in Washington when she brought up the matter.
Biden has preferred a scripted approach to his question-and-answer sessions since taking office, wanting reporters to stay on his topic of the day. This was still evident last week when, after talking about the rise of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, reporters grilled it on the flip side of Build Back Better after Sen. Joe Manchin, DW. Va., Declared his opposition to the massive social policy bill.
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âI’m not supposed to have this press conference,â Biden finally offered.
As Biden has learned, he won’t be asked questions about ice cream every day.