President Joe Biden’s staff hurriedly cut off the president during a Sunday press conference when he began to ramble as he answered a reporter’s question.
Biden was speaking in Vietnam when a reporter asked him whether he’s worried the U.S. relationship with China is becoming destabilized due to a lack of formal discussion between Biden and President Xi Jinping.
The reporter then asked a follow-up question citing the G20 declaration, which did not name Russia by name as an aggressor, asking if the issue of the invasion was becoming a wedge among nations or if the United States’ commitment to Ukraine would change.
Biden said it was not a “wedge issue with the global south” but rather with “Russia.”
However, while answering the first half of the question about China, Biden randomly said, “I’ll tell you what, I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna go to bed.”
The question, and Biden’s response, can be seen starting at the 22:20 timestamp:
A reporter then asked a question which was not audible off-screen, to which Biden responded, “We talked about, we talked about it at the conference overall, we talked about stability, we talked about making sure that third world, excuse me, third world, the, uh, the, uh, the southern hemisphere had access to change had access to — had access to, it wasn’t confrontational at all, we— ”
“Thank you everybody, this ends the press conference,” a Biden staffer could be heard saying over the loud speaker as Biden continued to mumble before saying “thank you” and starting to walk off stage.
This prompted several responses from reporters, some of whom began shouting questions. One reporter could be heard asking about Biden’s commitment to protecting human rights, with Biden responding, in part, he’s raised concerns about human rights “with every person I met with.”
Another reporter began shouting a question about the president’s son Hunter Biden, who remains under investigation, but was ignored by the president.
Biden visited Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sunday to discuss how the two nations could strengthen relations and combat climate change.
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