Joe Biden’s staff abruptly ends his press conference

Updated on September 11, 2023 in Politics
0 on September 11, 2023

President Joe Biden’s rambling response to a reporter’s question during a news conference in Vietnam on Sunday was suddenly interrupted by White House news Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the latest episode to cast doubt on the 80-year-old president’s physical and mental capabilities.

Biden’s staff abruptly ends his press conference, adding to a growing number of instances that raise questions about his age.

On September 10, the White House Press Secretary interrupted me. Biden was mid-sentence during a press conference on Sunday in Hanoi when White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced, “Thank you everyone, this concludes the press conference.” Biden had just joked, “I don’t know about you, but I’m going to bed,” moments earlier.

September 5, Abruptly Leaving Medal of Honor Ceremony: After presenting retired Army Capt. Larry Taylor with a Medal of Honor for his service in the Vietnam War, Biden left the East Room before the ceremony was complete, drawing criticism for the awkward situation. Jean-Pierre claimed that the abrupt exit was a Covid-19 safety measure meant to limit Biden’s exposure.

Falsely reporting on August 9 that he has declared the climate change a national emergency When reporter Stephanie Abrams from the Weather Channel asked Biden if he was prepared to declare a national emergency, Biden said, “We’ve already done that,” before making it clear that he meant, “in practice.”

July 14, Tripping On The Steps of Air Force One: After a two-day NATO summit in Lithuania, Biden walked up some stairs to join the presidential plane on Friday in Finland, lost his balance briefly, recovered, and waved to the throng below.

On June 29, Biden clumsily got up from his chair and left the set of a live MSNBC interview with Nicole Wallace before she could wrap up the discussion.

June 27, Confusion between Ukraine and Iraq: Within a 24-hour period, the president misidentified the nations twice in interviews: At a Maryland fundraiser, he referred to NATO’s support for Ukraine as a “onslaught on Iraq,” and a day later, he told reporters that Putin is “clearly losing the war in Iraq.” This is not the first time the president has confused the two conflicts; in November, he blamed inflation on “a war in Iraq, excuse me, the war in Ukraine,” he said.

Modi being referred to as China’s leader on June 27: Biden referred to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the head of “a little country that’s now the largest in the world,” China, at the same fundraiser in Maryland in June before swiftly correcting himself: “forgive me.

June 16, Making a royal reference: Biden ended a speech about gun control in Connecticut with the words “God save the queen, man,” confusing his own White House deputy press secretary Olivia Dalton, who told reporters in an email that she was unsure of what the comment meant and that Biden was speaking to someone in the audience.,output

June 8, Building an ocean railroad: The U.S. is planning “a railroad from the Pacific Ocean — from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Indian Ocean,” Biden said during a White House press conference with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, an apparent reference to a proposal to build a railroad in Sub-Saharan Africa that stretches to the Indian Ocean.

June 8, Botching Sunak’s title: Earlier during his visit with Sunak, Biden called him “president,” then corrected the error, joking, “I just promoted you.”

May 26, Misstating the number of granddaughters he has: Biden said he has four granddaughters, when really he has five, while hosting the NCAA championship-winning Louisiana State University women’s basketball team at the White House—drawing widespread criticism from columnists and pundits that the Biden family has failed to acknowledge his son Hunter Biden’s estranged 4-year-old daughter.

May 21, Calling the South Korean president the wrong name: Biden said during remarks at the G7 conference in Japan he has “spoken at length with President Loon of South Korea,” referring to South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

May 18, Saying his son died in Iraq: Biden said his family lost his son Beau Biden, a former U.S. Army major who died of brain cancer in 2015, “in Iraq” during a trip to Japan—an error he also made in November during the same speech where he confused the wars in Iraq and Ukraine, telling the crowd, “I’m thinking about Iraq because that’s where my son died,” though later in the remarks he correctly stated the cause of his son’s death (Biden has said he believes toxic burn pits Beau Biden was exposed to while deployed in Iraq may have caused his cancer).

May 5, Promising a “major press conference”: While closing out a briefing with reporters on the economy on May 5, Biden foreshadowed a “major press conference” later that afternoon, which a spokesperson later clarified was intended as a reference to a pre-taped interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle.

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