The White House raised its eyebrows on Wednesday when it abruptly cut a virtual event after President Biden said he was “happy to ask questions” from Democratic lawmakers.
Accompanied by Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California. and the House of Representatives in Parliament, Biden addressed lawmakers on the relief of COVID and the continued spread of vaccines. He concluded by calling on Democrats to help “restore faith” in the government.
Then he seemed ready to ask questions.
“I’ll be happy to ask questions if that’s what I need to do, Nance,” Biden told the speaker. “Whatever you want me to do.”
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The show ended seconds later, after a brief pause by the president.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment.
As Biden was ready to ask questions from lawmakers, the president faced growing criticism for failing to hold a formal press conference in the seven weeks since taking office.
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The rare cases when Biden asks questions are often limited to inquiries from pre-selected reporters.