President Joe Biden defended his administration’s handling of the coronavirus, even as the United States reached a record number of cases and hospitalizations.
“I’m confident we are on the right track,” Biden said to reporters at the White House.
The president pulled his mask down to his chin so that reporters could see him speak but ultimately admitted it “looked stupid” and removed his mask entirely.
Biden said he was concerned about the pandemic “worldwide” but said he was pleased with the amount of federal help to states who were struggling with the virus.
More than 145,900 people were in U.S. hospitals with coronavirus as of Tuesday, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, beating the previous pandemic peak