On Saturday, US president Joe Biden shushed a journalist who tried to ask him a question while he was answering another one during a meeting with the media.
As he met with Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese at the G7 summit being held in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, Biden was answering a question about negotiations with the Republican opposition to suspend the debt ceiling.
When another journalist tried to intervene, Biden got fed up.
“Shush up, okay, thank you,” Biden stated.
The president has had incidents with the press in the past, for example responding to reporters with the phrase “give me a break” when asked tough questions.
Biden believes a debt default can be avoided
In terms Biden‘s actual views on the debt ceiling issue, he expressed confidence that he can reach a deal with the Republican opposition to suspend the debt ceiling.
He confirmed this in his meeting with the press, at the beginning of his conversation with Australia’s prime minister.
After the opening remarks by the two leaders, Biden was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about the negotiations with the Republicans.
“Not at all,” was his confident reply.
He also added that these types of negotiations go through different “phases”, insisting that if the first meetings are not productive then the next meetings might be.