Democrat President Joe Biden has been snubbed by the Catholic Church and told not to attend the funeral of the late Pope Benedict XVI.
Biden, who claims to be Catholic despite conflicting views, confirmed the snub while speaking with reporters Wednesday on the South Lawn while leaving the White House.
The president is traveling to Kentucky to celebrate his infrastructure law with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
A reporter asked Biden why he won’t be attending the funeral for the former pope, who died on Saturday.
However, Biden appeared to snap at the reporter over the question.
Biden, a so-called “devout Catholic,” suggested that he was told not to attend the high-profile funeral.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday that America’s Ambassador to the Holy See will attend the funeral instead of Biden.
Jean-Pierre said Biden won’t be attending the funeral “in line with the wishes of the late Pope and the Vatican.”
Biden was visibly irritated with the reporter for asking why he won’t be attending the pope’s funeral.
“You’re not attending [Pope Benedict XVI’s] funeral tomorrow, though. Why?” a reporter asked.
“Well, why do you think?” Biden retorted.
The reporter shot back: “You tell me.”
“You know why,” Biden said.
The reporter replied, “You can tell me, sir.”
Biden then claimed that he isn’t attending because it would take an entourage of 1,000 people in order to go.
“We would just get in the way,” he said.
Reporter asks Biden why he's not attending Former Pope Benedict's funeral:
REPORTER: "You're not attending his funeral tomorrow…why?"
BIDEN: "Why do you think?"
REPORTER: "Well, you tell me."
BIDEN: "You know why…We would just get in the way." pic.twitter.com/XAGvRGzMTH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 4, 2023