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Biden staff abruptly cuts his mic, ends press conference while he’s speaking

 September 11, 2023

President Joe Biden's recent press conference in Vietnam was abruptly curtailed by his staff while he was still speaking, resulting in a noticeably awkward situation.

During his visit to Hanoi following the G20 summit in New Delhi, India, Biden engaged with members of the media.

However, the press conference didn't go as smoothly as anticipated, as Fox News reported.

President Biden's Hanoi press conference

As the president was responding to a query, an unidentified voice interjected from the sidelines, prematurely signaling the conference's conclusion.

This interruption came even as the president was still addressing the assembled reporters.

CNN later identified the interrupting voice as that of White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who ended the president's comments by saying:

Thank you everybody.

After this unexpected termination of the event, Biden echoed the sentiment, expressing gratitude to attendees. He then began to leave the stage.

Questions addressed, overlooked

Before the abrupt conclusion, President Biden took a total of five questions from the media.

His final words to the gathering were indicative of his tiredness, as he mentioned he was "going to bed."

Yet, even as the president tried to exit, he seemed somewhat hesitant to leave.

Seizing this opportunity, CNN's Jeremy Diamond posed a pertinent question. After Biden's address, Diamond said:

Vietnam in particular has a poor record as it relates to any political dissent. They are the third-largest jailer of journalists in the world. And the president said, I don’t put anything above human rights. And he said that he has raised issues of human rights with every leader he has met with, including today with the Vietnamese general secretary.

However, not all questions got a response. The president chose to sidestep a query about his son, Hunter Biden, who is currently facing a potential indictment.

President's stand on global warming

During the press conference, Biden also addressed global warming concerns. He employed a phrase that raised eyebrows due to its odd characterization of climate change skeptics:

Well, there’s a lot of lying, dog-faced pony soldiers out there about — about global warming, but not anymore. All of a sudden, they’re all realizing it’s a problem. And there’s nothing like seeing the light.

The comment was in relation to a question about the lack of an agreement at the G20 Summit concerning fossil fuels.

White House official responds

In light of the unexpected conclusion and resulting media attention, an official from the White House defended the president's engagement.

The official emphasized that Biden had comprehensively responded to several questions during the conference.

The spokesperson stated:

The president substantively answered questions from 7 reporters. This is a distraction, and it would do your readers a good service to dive into his answers on China, relations with Indo-Pacific countries, human rights, and climate change instead.

Conclusion

  • The press conference in Hanoi was unexpectedly cut short while President Biden was speaking.
  • CNN's Jeremy Diamond discussed human rights issues with the president after the conference.
  • President Biden used a memorable phrase while discussing global warming and the G20 summit.
  • A White House official highlighted the depth of the president's engagement with the reporters.