President-elect Joe Biden got testy with a CBS News reporter who asked him a question on Friday about his plan to get children back into classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tense exchange took place just as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were wrapping up a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Wilmington, Delaware.
‘In my Oval Office, mi casa, you casa,’ Biden, who turned 78 years old on Friday, is heard telling the senior Democratic Party leaders.
At that point, a Biden aide asked the assembled gaggle of reporters to leave as the photo op concluded.
President-elect Joe Biden (right) gestures during a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Wilmington, Delaware
Towards the end of the meeting, CBS News reporter Bo Erickson asked Biden about whether he intends to lean on teachers unions to get kids back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?’ Biden says in response. He declined to answer the question
Biden’s response was criticized on social media while Erickson (seen above) was widely praised
Erickson on Friday posted a tweet about the incident. He has been covering the Biden campaign for CBS News
Bo Erickson, a CBS News reporter who has been covering Biden and his campaign, then asked the president-elect a question.
‘Mr Biden, the COVID task force said it’s safe for children to be back in class,’ Erickson is heard saying as the other reporters are ushered out of the room.
Erickson then asks if Biden will encourage teachers unions to cooperate in returning students to classrooms.
‘Why are you the only guy that always shouts out questions?’ Biden says in response. He declined to answer the question.
The question came as teachers unions have been resistant to the idea of returning to full-fledged, in-person instruction due to…
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