Speaking at a press conference Friday, President Biden announced that as part of his Build Back Better for America plan, $27 billion will be invested in repairing and building new bridges across the to stimulate the economy. But after delivering his speech, he was quickly approached by reporters for comment after talks with Russia broke down without any progress in tackling President Vladimir Putin’s military and strategic ambitions.
At the end of the speech, journalists could be heard shouting “do you have a message for Vladimir Putin” along with many other questions about the collapse of talks with NATO and the West.
But a stone-faced Biden simply resumed his speech and told the crowd he “appreciated” their time.
He spun to his feet and walked straight out of the room with his security detail as he refused to answer burning questions about his nemesis in Russia.
The incident is the latest in a string of occasions when the president has refused to answer questions from reporters.
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As on previous occasions, his aides can be heard telling the press to leave the room immediately, saying “thank you” as they attempt to usher them out.
But the incident did not go unnoticed as observers took to Twitter to express their anger and frustration at Mr Biden’s repeated refusals to comment after the speeches.
The Republican National Committee’s Twitter page accused Mr Biden of “walking away” from the questions.
While @eckylad joked: “Vladimir has nothing to fear when this guy is in power.”
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He also walked off the stage numerous times following the COVID-19 announcements.
Talks between the United States, NATO and Russia broke down on Thursday after Russia called the talks “unsuccessful”.
The Kremlin added that there is continuing disagreement on fundamental issues of NATO’s role in Europe, with President Putin insisting he will not back down until NATO reduces its presence in Europe.
It comes as the West attempts to calm rising tension as President Putin has massed 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, many of whom fear an invasion.