President Joe Biden met via video with the nation’s governors to discuss rising COVID-19 cases, but removed the media before taking questions from state leaders during the call.
WH Covid coordinator Jeff Zients boots press pool before we could hear Biden take questions from governors on Covid…
Biden: “I understand you guys may have some questions. Jeff?”
Zients: “I think we’re going to clear the press first.” pic.twitter.com/uwZ6xEmS4H
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 27, 2021
“There is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level,” Biden told the governors during the call.
The response marked a strong contrast to the president’s earlier promises in his term to stop the virus through vaccines and other efforts.
“When Joe Biden says ‘there is no federal solution,’ he’s trying to avoid blame for his incompetence,” Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said.
“If he really believes this, he should rescind his unconstitutional federal mandates,” he added.
When Joe Biden says “there is no federal solution,” he’s trying to avoid blame for his incompetence.
If he really believes this, he should rescind his unconstitutional federal mandates.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) December 27, 2021
The battle over stopping the coronavirus will continue as the issue increasingly becomes political during election battles during 2022.