Joe Biden offered a blunt six-word reply after he was pressed by journalists asking him who the next House speaker should be.
The House has been thrown into chaos after Republicans carried out a coup to oust influential speaker Kevin McCarthy from his role.
McCarthy, known as one of the party’s driving forces when it comes to raising funds, was brutally axed on Tuesday, being replaced temporarily by Patrick McHenry.
His replacement will be selected in the coming week, but it has seen the House of Representatives suspended – meaning any lawmaking decisions are for the time being halted.
Biden was pressed about what he believed should happen next, with one reporter asking him at a briefing “what’s your advice to the next House speaker”.
While grinning as he left the briefing, Biden then turned and said in a video shared on X: “That’s above my pay grade.”
The decision to remove McCarthy has split opinion within the Republican Party, with some concerned about what message it sends to the public.
The rebellion against McCarthy was led by Matt Gaetz – Florida’s congressman – after the ousted Speaker secured on Democratic votes to get a short-term spending deal passed in order to prevent a government shutdown on Saturday.
This led to accusations from Gaetz of McCarthy making a “secret side deal” in order to get assurances on Ukraine aid.
But the feud among Republicans with McCarthy dates back to January when he was first appointed speaker, with critics claiming he was unable to act upon the conservative principles that saw him elected.
McHenry was installed as McCarthy’s short-term replacement, and sparked his own spell of backlash within the role barely minutes into it by removing former Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her office.
In a statement, Pelosi claimed she was told to “immediately” leave the office.
She added: “With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol.”
Pelosi has an office in the Capitol on account of her status as a former speaker – meanwhile, most other House lawmakers have offices in spots across the street.
According to NBC News, Pelosi’s staff were ordered to move her out of the space by Wednesday.
In an email, staff were told: “The Speaker pro tempore is going to re-assign H-132 for speaker office use. Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed.”
A spokesman for McCarthy has declined to comment, while McHenry’s office did not immediately respond to a comment.