President Joe Biden has been dodging tough questions from the press since the 2020 presidential campaign. In a stunning admission from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, it’s intentionally been that way.
Psaki admitted that letting Biden take candid questions was “not something we recommend,” according to Fox News. She made this stunning revelation on CNN podcast “The Axe Files” Thursday.
The host, David Axelrod, asked about an incident when a CNN reporter got Biden to admit that the $15 minimum wage would not be included in the coronavirus relief package passed earlier this year. Psaki had gone home for the day and Biden was headed back to his residence when the reporter, Kaitlan Collins, asked him about it .
“That is not something we recommend,” she told the host about allowing the president to take questions from reporters. “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 went on to say that the administration was trying to stay focused and that they have decided to only take questions on specific topics during press conferences. However, Biden didn’t hold his first solo press conference until March 25 — nearly two months into his term.
During that press conference, many eagle-eyed observers noted Biden was using cheat sheets and calling on friendly reporters. He appeared to have one sheet with facts about topics he would be asked to discuss and another with reporter’s photos and identities with some of them appearing to be numbered.
The president’s handlers seem reluctant to let Biden speak off the cuff about anything. Several times, they’ve simply ushered him out of a room after a speech or appearance, the New York Post reported.
There are many troubling signs that Biden is on the decline, physically and cognitively. However, it’s not so much that his people are trying to hide him as it is that the media don’t seem to be curious enough to find out why.