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Joe Biden has been the President of the United States of America for 40 days and has yet to hold even one solo press conference.
Not a single one.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 1, 2021
Even his liberal mainstream media allies are starting to ask questions. Brett Bruen said,
“He talks about the role of journalists as being a critical one, and yet, access to a president is really the barometer by which we judge the importance that a president assigns to the media. The risk that the Biden folks run is they tend to be very tightly in control of the conditions in which they put the president out, and that may work for a while, but I believe it is counterproductive to the kind of connection that both the White House needs with journalists as well as the president needs with the people.”
Remember when Biden promised voters that he would treat the press differently?
“As president, I will restore a relationship with the independent press that is grounded in mutual respect, even, and especially when, they critique policies or positions of my administration.”
And while the administration has indeed returned to daily staff briefings, journalists complain that staff briefings just aren’t the same as access to the President directly. CBS News’s Kathryn Watson said,
“I’ll always maintain that presidents should answer questions from the press, whether that president is Republican or Democrat.”
And CNN’s Kaitlan Collins pointed out that both Obama (Feb. 9th) and Trump (Feb. 16) had given press conferences by this point.
Both Obama and Trump had held solo press conferences by this point of their presidencies, @Kevinliptakcnn notes. The White House says Biden will hold one soon, but doesn’t say when. Not this week.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 22, 2021
But I’m not at all surprised by this.
Did you see his speech in Houston, TX the other day? We’re still trying to figure out exactly what he actually said in that speech.
Stumbling over names of people he was expected to thank, he ends up saying to himself,
“What am I doing here? I’m going to lose track here.”
He never did realize that he thanked “Rep. Shirley Jackson Lee,” who doesn’t exist, instead of “Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.”
But what we do know is that this speech is exactly the reason why President Biden is not allowed to hold a solo press conference. Imagine the disaster that a solo press conference with President Biden would be, expected to know the answers to unscripted questions and to formulate coherent and pertinent responses with the press and the American people watching. That’s just a disaster waiting to happen.
And believe me, Americans and the world can read between the lines and know exactly why the President’s handlers aren’t coordinating a solo press conference.
They just can’t risk putting him in front of the press like that, and they don’t care that it’s the American people who will suffer from restricted informational access to the President.