President Joe Biden chided a reporter for asking a domestic policy question while hosting the prime minister of Iraq at the White House.
During an event with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office on Monday, Biden announced that the United States would end its combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year and took some questions from reporters.
One reporter tried to ask the president if the Department of Veterans Affairs would mandate that its doctors are vaccinated against COVID-19.
“You are such a pain in the neck, but I’m going to answer your question because we’ve known each other so long,” Biden responded.
He added, “It has nothing to do with Iraq…Yes, Veteran Affairs is going to, in fact, require that all doctors working in their facilities are gonna have to be vaccinated.”
Watch the video below:
President Biden confirms the Department of Veterans Affairs will require its doctors to be vaccinated against COVID. pic.twitter.com/5NwmBdKDWA
— The Recount (@therecount) July 26, 2021
The president raised eyebrows last week for a response to a different reporter.
Upon his return to the White House after a town hall event, Biden was asked, “Can you clarify what you said about no — that there’s no — no one in the Democratic Party is anti-police?”
“I said that that — that is not the Democratic Party’s position,” he responded. “I’m the Democratic Party; I am President. So is the Speaker of the House, and so is the –- the Majority Leader. We are not defunding the police.”
Finally, a reporter asked, “Okay. And are there people who — in the Democratic Party, who want to defund the police?
“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” he asked before walking away.
Watch the video below:
REPORTER: “Are there people in the Democrat Party who want to defund the police?"
POTUS: “Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?”
REPORTER: “Uh—I’m not sure.”
POTUS walks away
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 23, 2021
His comments about “sucking the blood out” appeared to be a reference to the Q’Anon conspiracy theory.
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