Biden abruptly ends presser: ‘I’m really going to be in trouble’

President Joe Biden abruptly ended a talk with reporters at the North Lawn on Tuesday, saying he’d “be in trouble” if he didn’t cut the conversation short.

The president was reportedly there to announce newly updated guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the use of face masks outdoors amid COVID-19. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can largely forgo masks outside going forward, except in large crowds.

After taking a few questions on the mask guidance and other issues, Biden uttered his curious words.

“Look, I’m sorry,” Biden said, according to The Daily Wire. “I’m going to — this is the last question I’ll take, and I’m really going to be in trouble.”

“Who is he in trouble with?”

The odd statement led to much discussion from Twitter users who wondered why the president would be “in trouble” for talking to reporters.

According to the Daily Mail, some felt the remark from Biden renewed “suspicions” that “his handlers” were “shielding him from the press.”

“This is the guy in charge?”

Even the former president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter to challenge Biden’s leadership following the remarks.

“Are we still pretending this is the guy in charge?” Trump Jr. wrote. “Who will the ‘leader’ of the free world be in trouble with? [Vice President] Kamala [Harris]? [Chinese leader] Xi [Jinping]???”

What’s the deal?

According to the Daily Mail, running off early seems to be something of a growing pattern for President Biden. The outlet reported:

While Biden has been on pace with his predecessors in taking questions from the press in other, more informal formats, he tends to field just one or two inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event or in front of a helicopter.

What is Biden hiding from?

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