Reporters Shout After Pence Leaves Press Briefing Without Taking Questions

Reporters burst into screams after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a coronavirus task force briefing on Thursday without taking any questions.

Leading the first coronavirus task force briefing since July, Pence thanked reporters and walked off stage after an almost 90-minute briefing.

Reporters immediately began shouting questions as Pence left the room, according to videos posted on Twitter.

Some reporters also complained on Twitter despite Pence and several other members of the coronavirus task force spending time providing updates on vaccines and treatment for the virus.

“Trump hasn’t answered any questions since Election Day, and the WH task force hasn’t briefed in months. And after 57 minutes, Pence and the task force leave without taking questions,” CNN’s Manu Raju complained.

Raju’s whiny tweet was in response to one from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, where she wrote: “The federal government — the president, the vice president, the press secretary, the Pentagon chief, the national security adviser and others — is refusing to answer questions amid a surging pandemic and attempt to discredit the election.”

The video of reporters screaming and shouting can be seen below:

“Why is the federal government not taking questions?” one reporter can be heard saying in the video.

Another reporter in the front row of the briefing stood up and appeared to throw his hands up in the air while someone said “what is going on?”

[email protected] left immediately after making closing remarks without taking a single question. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx paused and looked like they wanted to engage with reporters, but ultimately followed Pence back to West Wing,” CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang wrote.

As the gaggle of reporters continued to question Pence’s walkout, one reporter could be heard asking, “how can you not take questions?”

As the video ended, someone brought up the election, screaming “you’re all undermining the democratic election!”

During the briefing, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Pfizer will file for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its coronavirus vaccine Friday.

Pence said once the vaccine is approved by the FDA, it will be shipped out immediately.

“We have a plan in place, that the moment the FDA concludes that that vaccine is safe and effective, we have a system in place to begin within 24 hours shipping that vaccine to hospitals, healthcare facilities and 24 hours after that literally injecting that vaccine into Americans,” he said.


The news comes a day after the U.S. reported more than 250,000 coronavirus deaths, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University.