46* and Dr. Lady Jill appeared on the fake White House digital set for a the video call as the president wished the military Merry Christmas. The press was brought in to witness the president and first lady make some opening remarks during the call, sitting on the couch with their new puppy. But the media was asked to leave before they could witness the troops speaking to the president, cutting coverage of the call short.
The decision to cut the content of the call short ensured that the public could not hear what members of the military were saying to Biden during the call. Typically the event goes for nearly a half-hour as the president and the troops exchange Christmas greetings. The Bidens spoke for only about five minutes before the press was asked to leave the room.