(CBrief0 – President Joe Biden does not want to answer questions that go against his long promoted belief that the COVID pandemic was naturally occurring.

On Saturday the president began taking questions from reporters until one asked about the Department of Energy’s report that said it believes the pandemic originated from a lab leak in Wuhan, China, Mediaite reported.

From the pool report.

POTUS came over very briefly, saying about Paul Whelan: “we’re pushing.”

He then seemed ready to make a statement or engage further. As he approached the group, there was a shouted question about Covid origins. POTUS then put both hands up in a shrug, seeming annoyed, and then turned and walked away toward Marine One.

Marine One lifted at 3:47pm

Handing off to out of town pool, with a last note from WH about those traveling with POTUS on Marine One en route to JBA:

Steve Ricchetti, Assistant to the President & Counselor to the President

Terry Wolff, Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for MENA