Joe Biden appeared to be the only world leader wearing a mask during a virtual climate summit hosted by the White House.
Leaders who could be seen maskless on the call Friday included Russian president Vladimir Putin, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and EU leaders Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel. Biden may have been wearing a mask to protect others in close proximity, and to model mask-wearing for Americans.
Pres. Biden masks up for a video call to discuss climate change with world leaders
He appears to be the only one wearing a mask pic.twitter.com/TGGuM7BW0x
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Mr Biden kicked off the proceedings of the two-day summit on Thursday by unveiling a new pledge to cut US emissions in half by 2030. But activists from Extinction Rebellion were unimpressed by his “bull****” plans, dumping cow manure near the White House in protest.