‘I’m going to get in trouble with my staff’: Biden says he isn’t allowed to answer any more questions amid criticism his ‘handlers’ won’t allow him to talk to journalists
Biden spoke for 12 minutes to sum up the meeting, held in the United Kingdom. ‘Now, why don’t I take some of your questions?’ he said at the end of his remarks.
‘I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way,’ he said, then calling on Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg.
He took further questions from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and, as his final question, NBC News.
Yet as he began to walk away, more questions were shouted at him.
‘I’m going to get in trouble with my staff,’ he said, turning back to the press pack. ‘Yeah, go ahead. But I can pretend that I didn’t answer you.’
During the press conference he also mixed up Syria and Libya.
‘I’m hopeful that we can find an accommodation where we can save the lives of people in — for example, in — in Libya,’ the president said, mentioning the north African country for the third time instead of Syria, which is in the Middle East.