The White House raised eyebrows on Wednesday when it suddenly cut the feed to a virtual event after President Biden said he was “happy to take questions” from Democratic lawmakers.
Accompanied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. and the House Democratic Caucus, Biden addressed lawmakers on the topics of COVID relief and the ongoing rollout of the vaccine. He ended his remarks by urging Democrats to help “restore faith” in government.
Then he seemed ready to ask questions.
“I would like to ask questions if that is what I have to do, Nance,” Biden told the speaker. “Whatever you want me to do.”
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The feed ended seconds later after a brief pause from the president.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
While Biden was ready to take questions from lawmakers, the president faced growing criticism for not holding a formal press conference in the seven weeks since accession.
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The rare cases where Biden takes questions are often limited to inquiries from pre-selected journalists.