President Joe Biden’s day in Iowa took a colorful turn when he got pooped by a bird while speaking to a crowd about his plan to help Americans struggling with runaway inflation in a barn of the town of Menlo.

The president, who is conducting a “rural infrastructure tour,” announced on Tuesday that his administration was suspending a federal rule banning the sale of E15 gasoline during the summer in an effort to curb rising fuel prices triggered in part by the fallout from the Russian crisis. invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement drew a standing ovation in Menlo and was hailed by top Republicans in the state, including Sen. Chuck Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds. Iowa is a top ethanol producer and also serves as the top key state in the presidential primaries. Mr. Biden is also using the trip to tout the impact of the recently passed infrastructure bill for rural communities.

But despite the warm welcome from speech attendees in Iowa, Mr. Biden’s first trip to Iowa since his election as president in November 2020 was not without blemish.

During his speech, Mr Biden also stepped up his rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing the strongman of “genocide”. This appears to be the first time the Biden administration has used the term against Russia.

“Your family budget, your ability to fill your tank, none of us should depend on a dictator declaring war and committing genocide on the other side of the world,” Biden said.