‘Let’s get something straight, we’re not old friends’: Biden hits back when asked if he will call Chinese President Xi to ‘try to get to the bottom of COVID-19’
- President Joe Biden pushed back on the assertion that he was on friendly terms with Chinese President Xi Jinping during Wednesday’s press conference
- Biden was asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy if Biden would call Xi ‘old friend to old friend’
- Doocy wanted to know if Biden would pressure Xi to open up China to World Health Organization investigators to look into the origins of COVID-19
- ‘Let’s get something straight,’ Biden replied. ‘We know each other well. We’re not old friends. It’s just pure business’
Biden was asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy if Biden would call Xi ‘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.’
‘Let’s get something straight,’ Biden replied. ‘We know each other well. We’re not old friends. It’s just pure business.’
President Joe Biden answered questions on the way out of his Wednesday presser including one from Fox News’ Peter Doocy about pressuring the Chinese to open up the country to World Health Organization investigators looking into the origins of COVID-19
Biden pushed back on Doocy’s assertion that his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping was friendly saying Wednesday: ‘Let’s get something straight. We know each other well. We’re not old friends. It’s just pure business’
Doocy stood up and yelled his questions at Biden as the president was starting to depart.
Biden was in Geneva to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time as the U.S. leader.
But another headline that’s been dominating the news over the past few weeks is the admission from U.S. intelligence agencies that they couldn’t determine with certainty whether COVID-19 came from an animal-human interaction or escaped from the Wuhan lab.
Biden is giving them several more months to dig in, while the G7 powers called on the WHO at the beginning of last weekend’s summit in the United Kingdom to again investigate COVID-19’s origins.
Doocy pointed out that Biden said how important it is to have ‘face to face dialogue’ with world leaders, one of the reasons he gave for having an in-person meeting with Putin.
‘You have spoken many times about how you have spent perhaps more time with President XI than any other world leader,’ the Fox News reporter said, before asking Biden if he’d reach out to his Chinese counterpart.
Doocy then asked Biden ‘what happens now’ with the Chinese refusing to cooperate.
Biden suggested China could be motivated by the ‘world’s attitude’ toward the country if the government drags its feet.
‘China’s trying very hard to project itself as a very responsible and very, very forthcoming nation,’ Biden said. ‘They are finding it hard to talk about how they’re helping the world in terms of COIVD-19, and vaccines, they’re trying very hard.’
‘Look, certain things you don’t have to explain to the people of the world, they see the results,’ he continued. ‘Is China really trying to get to the bottom of this?’