Biden Abruptly Ends Press Conference

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During a recent press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, proceedings came to an unexpected close when an aide interjected while President Biden was still addressing journalists. This event occurred after the G20 summit held in New Delhi, India.

In the midst of President Biden’s response, an unidentified voice thanked the attendees, signaling the end of the conference. Shortly thereafter, Biden expressed his gratitude and began to exit the stage. It was later identified by CNN that White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was responsible for the interruption.

During the conference, President Biden addressed five questions, concluding with a statement that he was heading to rest. Despite this, he took a moment to respond to CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, who raised concerns about prioritizing US strategic interests over human rights. Commenting on the matter on CNN, Diamond mentioned Vietnam’s troubling stance on political dissent and noted the president’s commitment to discussing human rights concerns with global leaders.

As President Biden departed the stage, he chose not to respond to a query about his son, Hunter Biden, potentially facing indictment. In his remarks, he also made use of the phrase “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” to address skeptics of climate change, emphasizing a growing acknowledgment of the global crisis, especially in light of the G20 Summit’s lack of consensus on fossil fuel issues.

An official from the White House subsequently emphasized the depth of President Biden’s responses during the conference, suggesting that the focus should be on the president’s statements regarding China, Indo-Pacific relations, human rights, and climate change.