After speaking during much of the briefing – which took place during a visit to Boise, Idaho – Mr Biden said he was keen to learn more about George Geissler of the National Association of State Foresters.
” Can I ask you a question? Asked Mr. Biden.
“Of course,” replied Mr. Geissler.
“One of the things I’ve worked on with others is…” the president was heard to say, before the broadcast was cut off in the middle of a sentence.
A clip shared by the Republican National Committee’s research arm on Twitter showed that the live broadcast ended abruptly with a “Thank you for joining” message.
The incident comes at a time when some members of White House staff reportedly stopped listening to Mr. Biden speak in public as he exited the script.
He was also interrupted last month at a press conference, when his audio on the White House stream was cut off as he was about to answer a reporter’s question about his decision to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
The president, in his conclusions in honor of the unions on September 8, alluded to the instructions given to him by his collaborators. “I’m supposed to stop and get out of the room,” he said.
Earlier in May, during a press conference on the coronavirus situation in the country, he said: “I’m not supposed to answer all of these questions. “
A report of Politics Quoted White House officials as saying that “when Mr. Biden makes public remarks, some staff members mute him or turn off his remarks.”
“But he’s going to do whatever he wants because he’s the President of the United States. “
Mr Biden, currently on his first tour of the country’s west coast as president, highlighted cases of increasing wildfires and the climate crisis to advance his $ 3.5 trillion reconstruction agenda.
His two-day Western swing comes at a critical time for a central part of his legislative agenda.
Besides Idaho, Biden also visited California on Monday and took an aerial tour of the lands affected by the Caldor fire.
Meanwhile, the White House has announced that Mr Biden will host the first-ever Quad Summit in person on September 24, which is likely to be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.