Biden apologizes for ‘playing with elevators’

By Hailey Elliott, CNN • Updated 26th October 2017 Vice President Joe Biden apologized Monday for being late to a press conference after a transportation system in Munich went out, and joked about the…

Biden apologizes for 'playing with elevators'

By Hailey Elliott, CNN • Updated 26th October 2017

Vice President Joe Biden apologized Monday for being late to a press conference after a transportation system in Munich went out, and joked about the trick of opening a lift.

“We were playing with elevators,” Biden said Monday, speaking from Berlin, where he will attend the annual Aspen Ideas Festival. “We were finally able to open the elevator doors and instead of going down, I went up.”

“There’s a lot of joy in this room,” Biden continued. “We’re going to get this on hold for a while.”

The vice president had originally been set to speak at the G20 Summit on the sidelines of the summit in Germany, at 10:30 a.m. local time, but was still uncertain of his plans less than an hour before the conference.

Biden had previously been scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. local time in Munich, but he told reporters on the way out that he still had no plans to join the group on the first day of the summit.

He joked that the transportation issue occurred after a stroll with his daughter, Ashley Biden, who is working in Hamburg, just outside of Berlin.

“This is where we walk around looking for ways to go up and down on elevators,” Biden said, gesturing to reporters on his way out of the hotel.

Fifty-eight minutes before Biden was supposed to speak, someone cut the microphone to the press center broadcast, and a keyboardist playing in a neighboring tent started banging on the chain around the microphone, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said on air.

CNN’s Kate Bennett traveled to the summit with Biden, and wrote this report.

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