President Joe Biden met with world leaders at the G20 summit in Indonesia on Wednesday for a special roundtable to respond to the deadly explosions in Poland.
The White House flew in members of the media to access the meeting, attempting to demonstrate that Biden was in control and leading the global response to the crisis.
Poland said a Russian-made missile fell in the country, killing two people, according to the Associated Press.
The hastily organized roundtable at the venue of the G20 summit was announced in response to the news, and the media organized to mark the occasion.
While the press expected Biden to address the crisis, he did not, simply staring at the cameras for about 30 seconds before his handlers asked the press to leave.
When a reporter asked the president if he could reveal what he learned about the explosions, Biden simply replied, “No.”
Biden and world leaders meet here in Bali
I asked if the President would provide an update on what they knew about the explosion in Poland
No further comments pic.twitter.com/3VGuTEPxL4
—Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 16, 2022
The White House went live from the meeting to post the video on social media, but it was muted throughout and was terminated 24 seconds after it was uploaded.
Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich speculated that Biden may have been unaware he had to speak.
Exact question: “Mr. President, can you tell us what you know so far about the explosion in Poland, sir?”
it appears Biden was unaware he was to make remarks, as the WH reported to the press https://t.co/BzfvUyceyc
—Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) November 16, 2022
Biden was seated in the middle of the table with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to his right and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom to his left.
Also at the table were German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.
Earlier in the day, Biden called NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as well as Polish President Andrzej Duda.
The White House pointed out in a reading of the appeal that Biden had offered to help Poland with the investigation of the explosions and reiterated his “ironclad commitment to NATO.”