“I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do,” Biden said to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic “Virtual Issues Conference” wrapped up on Wednesday night.
But after a brief pause, the feed was brusquely taken offline.
The White House abruptly cuts the live video feed of a virtual event after President Biden said he was “happy to take questions” from House Dems
“I’m happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance, whatever you want me to do”
Live feed cuts off pic.twitter.com/CHD9EMBv49
— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) March 4, 2021
Joe Biden tried to take questions and the White House shut down the feed 👀 pic.twitter.com/CzA4Cao0Rf
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 4, 2021
While Biden appeared somewhat confused about whether a live Q&A was in store for the event, critics have suggested the White House ended the feed to keep him from ad-libbing his answers, as he’s been prone to gaffes during unscripted – and sometimes scripted – statements in the past.
IS HE BEING PROTECTED ??
White House cuts virtual event feed after Biden says he’s ‘happy to take questions’ from House Democrats – Fox News https://t.co/gdbSHdwTuR
— JudgeJoeBrown (@JudgeJoeBrownTV) March 4, 2021
This is NOT a parody. @JoeBiden’s handlers are stepping up their game.
White House cuts virtual event feed after Biden says he’s ‘happy to take questions’ from House Democrats | Fox News https://t.co/yCfpBBTRh8
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) March 4, 2021
This is pretty amazing.
Biden actually says he’ll take questions.
Obviously that was not the game plan because the White House went right to a graphic instead.
Not sure what went on here, but it looks like a real fear of unscripted Biden.
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) March 4, 2021
Biden addressed fellow Democrats for Wednesday’s virtual sit-down, co-hosted by Speaker Pelosi, discussing issues ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine rollout, as well as the economy and how the party can “restore faith” in the US government.