President Joe Biden appeared to smile and walk away from a reporter when asked if he had any responsibility for the United States surpassing 800,000 COVID-19 deaths this week.
The reporter also asked him about pushing China to be more transparent about the origins of COVID-19. Biden did not appear to answer the question during the exchange, though he did answer questions from other reporters.
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“800,000 coronavirus deaths — do you have a statement on your responsibility?" the reporter asked him. "And why haven’t you asked China to do more, to be transparent on the origins?”
The exchange came when President Biden was getting ready to leave for Kentucky to tour damage from the recent tornado storm.
During the brief interaction with reporters, Biden also said that he believed Mark Meadows was worthy of being held in contempt. Congress voted to hold Meadows in contempt Tuesday after he did not appear for a deposition before the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Another reporter asked Biden if he had made progress on passing his Build Back Better plan. He replied that he made "some" progress. Biden recently had a phone call with Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the holdouts on the bill in the Senate. It is unclear how much progress the two made on the bill.
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After arriving in Kentucky, Biden spoke with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and other local officials. He told them not to hesitate about asking for additional federal support. He also praised the locals for supporting each other amid the hardship.
“That’s what America is supposed to be," he said. "There’s no red tornadoes or blue tornadoes, there’s no red states or blue states when this stuff starts to happen.”