More trouble is brewing inside the Biden White House. After reports of growing animosity between President Biden and his No. 2 and Kamala’s toxic workplace behavior, it’s not hard to imagine that Biden’s frustration has poured over to other staffers. New reports indicate the President is not pleased with the White House communications team’s constant attempts to clarify the President’s statements, seeing the moves as deliberately undermining his authority.
Beyond policy, Biden is unhappy about a pattern that has developed inside the West Wing. He makes a clear and succinct statement — only to have aides rush to explain that he actually meant something else. The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command.
The issue came to a head when Biden ad-libbed during a speech in Poland that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.” Within minutes, Biden’s aides tried to walk back his comments, saying he hadn’t called for Putin’s removal and that U.S. policy was unchanged. Biden was furious that his remarks were being seen as unreliable, arguing that he speaks genuinely and reminding his staff that he’s the one who is president.
Another example of this dynamic was in full view a week ago when during a joint press conference in Japan, Biden avowed military support in the event that China was to invade Taiwan. Shortly after, aides rushed out a statement intending to clarify what the Commander in Chief “meant.” In so doing, his aides made Biden look weaker and a puppet to the whims of his senior aides.
Even Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich defended the president in this instance, saying of White House aides who put out the backtracking statement: “He’s the president, they’re not.”
Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk accused President Biden of being nothing more than an empty suit and said whoever controls the teleprompter is who really controls the White House.