The US President travelled to the northeastern state to talk about his administration’s new initiatives to boost US manufacturing. The 78-year-old once again indicated that he would not tolerate questions from the media that stray off topic. As he descended from Air Force One, he was confronted by a journalist who wanted to know whether the Biden administration would make Covid vaccinations mandatory for military personnel.
A visibly irritated Mr Biden snapped back: “I’m talking about Made in America today, that’s all I’m going to talk about.”
He then added: “Tomorrow I’ll talk about whatever you want to talk about, including COVID.”
The US President is expected to announce on Thursday that all federal employees and contractors will have to vaccinate against coronavirus or undergo regular testing.
The move comes amid a surge in new Covid infections, as the Delta variant continues to rip through the population.
Southern states, which have seen low vaccine uptakes, have been especially hit hard and become epicentres for the disease.
On Tuesday, Mr Biden confirmed that Covid jabs would be mandatory for more than 100,000 health workers.
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The former Delaware Senator saw red after Ms Collins asked him why he was so confident that Mr Putin would change his behaviour.
“I’m not confident he’ll change his behaviour,” he retorted.
“Where the hell — what do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident?”