President Joe Biden only took a couple of questions on Tuesday afternoon from reporters after he gave a short statement about the administration’s progress on combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“And as much as the temptation is to stay outdoors on this beautiful day, I’ve got more work to do,” Biden concluded. “Thank you all very, very much. Bye-bye.”
Reporters asked Biden questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin, new pandemic guidelines, and about the devastating COVID-19 outbreak in India.
“You chose to wear a mask as you walked out here,” a reporter said. “What message were you sending by wearing a mask outside alone?”
“By watching me take it off and not put it back on until I get inside,” Biden responded.
“Look, I’m sorry,” Biden said a few moments later. “I’m going to — this is the last question I’ll take, and I’m really going to be in trouble.”
A few moments later the press conference was over.
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon — this beautiful afternoon.