President Joe Biden continued to refuse to hold China accountable for their actions concerning the pandemic during a heated exchange with the press on Wednesday following the summit in Geneva, Switzerland, between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Biden.
“Is there going to come a time where you might call [Chinese President Xi Jinping], old friend to old friend, and ask him to open up China to the World Health Organization investigators who are trying to get to the bottom of COVID-19?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked.
“Let’s get something straight. We know each other well; we’re not old friends,” Biden responded. “It’s just pure business.”
“So, I guess, my question would be that you’ve said that you were going to press China,” Doocy pressed. “You signed on to the G7 communiqué that said you — the G7 were calling on China to open up to let the investigators in. But China basically says they don’t want to be interfered with anymore. So, what happens now?”
“The impact — the world’s attitude toward China as it develops,” Biden responded. “China is trying very hard to project itself as a responsible and — and a very, very forthcoming nation; that they are trying very hard to talk about how they’re taking and helping the world in terms of COVID-19 and vaccines. And they’re trying very hard. Look, certain things you don’t have to explain to the people of the world. They see the results. Is China really actually trying to get to the bottom of this?”
Biden responded that he was focusing his efforts to “rally the world to work on what is going to be the physical mechanism available to detect, early on, the next pandemic and have a mechanism by which we can respond to it and respond to it early.”
WATCH the heated exchange in the footage below: