White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted to what Americans have suspected all along, that official urge President Biden not to answer impromptu questions from the press. Psaki’s admission is no shock considering Biden waited over two months before holding a press conference, a stark contrast from Trump who would regularly take questions from reporters.
However, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki admitted to CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod on his podcast “The Axe Files” she regularly recommends Biden should not take questions off the cuff.
According to Fox News:
The two began discussing the subject when Axelrod asked Psaki about a particular instance when Biden inadvertently ran into CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins at the White House, who proceeded to ask the president if a minimum wage increase to $15 would be included in the coronavirus relief package that was signed into law in March.
Psaki laughed off the incident, and explained that it happened after she had already left work and Biden was heading back to his residence. She then claimed that Biden takes questions “nearly every day that he’s out in front of the press.”
“That is not something we recommend. In fact, a lot of times we say ‘don’t take questions,'” she continued. “But he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”
Psaki then claimed the administration has kept from being distracted by avoiding having Biden do more consistent press conferences in which he would have to answer questions about certain topics. She gave examples of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., impeachment, and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. She added that they wanted to focus his time on addressing subjects that they claim the American people care more about, such as the coronavirus pandemic and the economy.
It’s no secret that President Biden has avoided the press but hearing Psaki admit it outright is still a shock.