On Saturday, President Biden told a reporter to remain quiet after he kept interrupting him to ask questions about the debt ceiling during a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Albanese at the latest G7 summit in Japan. Many have criticized Biden for telling the reporter to “shush up” while he was in the meeting.
Many took to Twitter to slam Biden for the command which was deemed by many condescending. Many also pointed out that former President Donald Trump had also followed a similar practice when speaking with members of the press at times, and that his critics at the time would always comment on it.
At the sit-down between Biden and Albanese, there were many reporters present. Biden proceeded to answer one of the reporter’s questions but shut down a different reporter’s question.
The first reporter specifically questioned whether Biden was concerned about the debt ceiling talks, to which Biden replied that he was not concerned at all. In a follow-up question, Biden added that he had participated in these types of negotiations before.
While he was speaking an overzealous reporter interjected multiple times calling “Mr. President,” again and again in an effort to get his question in. Biden, who was seemingly annoyed by the reporter’s interruption, stated “Shush up, okay?” while squinting at the reporter. He then proceeded to state “Thank you.” This amused the Albanese who chuckled as President answered more questions about the debt talks.
Tom Elliott, Grabien.com founder and conservative commentator, shared a clip of the interaction and accused Biden of getting “fresh” with the reporter.
Biden on debt limit negotiations: "It goes in stages. I’ve been in these negotiations before. It started off — shush up, ok?" pic.twitter.com/UtpDZl3Wk8
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 20, 2023