A reporter asked the White House Press Secretary when Biden would hold a press conference, according to The Western Journal.
“So we’re 45 days into the Biden presidency, and he has yet to hold a presser. At this point in past presidencies, every president, you know, from Reagan, had addressed reporters — some of them multiple times. So why the delay, and when can we expect the president to hold a press conference?” Psaki was asked.
.@PressSec says that President Biden will hold a full press conference by the end of the month:
"We're working on setting a final date for that." pic.twitter.com/vxAYqcP4Qe
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 5, 2021
“Well, first, as all of you know, the president takes questions several times a week. He took questions actually twice yesterday, which is an opportunity for the people covering the White House to ask him about whatever news is happening on any given day,” she said, according to a White House transcript of her remarks.
“We look forward to holding a full press conference in the coming weeks, before the end of the month. And we’re working on setting a final date for that. And as soon as we do, we will let you all know.”
“But this president came in during a historic crisis — two historic crises: a pandemic like the country had not seen in decades and decades and an economic downturn that left 10 million people out of work,” she added.
“So I think the American people would certainly understand if his focus and his energy and his attention has been on ensuring we secure enough vaccines to vaccinate all Americans, which we will do by the end of May, and then pushing for a Rescue Plan that will provide direct checks to almost 160 million Americans.”
“That’s where his time, energy, his focus has been. But in the meantime, he takes questions multiple times a week and looks forward to continuing to do that. And as soon as we have a press conference set, we’ll let you know,” she circled back.
“Sure. Those [quick interactions], though, are not an ideal form for us to be asking questions. He can’t hear us half the time. We get, maybe, two questions, and then we’re shuffled out. So why hasn’t he answered questions from the press at this point? Is it just that he’s too busy?” the reporter asked.
@JoeBiden was asked if he got a briefing about the border crisis and if he learned anything. He only replied "a lot."
The media would never have let the last administration get away with an answer like that. pic.twitter.com/hYT4D5MXsJ
— MRCTV (@mrctv) March 2, 2021
“I think he’s answered questions. I believe that count is almost 40 times. So — and I would say that his focus, again, is on getting recovery and relief to the American people,” Psaki said. “And he looks forward to continuing to engage with all of you and to members of the — other members of the media who aren’t here today. And we’ll look forward to letting you know as soon as that press conference is set.”
From The Western Journal:
You knew it was bad when the opening question from Psaki’s briefing was about Biden’s 45-day absence. The situation became critical when her prolonged excuse wasn’t good enough, and it required a follow-up.
Biden is in trouble if he loses the Democrat-friendly media.
While that hasn’t occurred yet, it appears patience with him and Psaki on the issue is growing thin.