President Joe Biden has been in office for nearly 6 weeks and has not held a single official press conference, and according to a Fox News report, his critics are taking notice.
Biden’s predecessors all took less time to address the press. Former President Donald Trump took press questions after 28 days, Obama did it in 21 days in office and George W. Bush did it at 34 days, while Biden is on day 43 at the time of the report.
The report noted that Biden has spoken briefly to reporters while walking around White House grounds, given interviews to some Biden-friendly news outlets, and made several speeches, but has not held a formal press conferences in spite of a slew of executive orders and even a major military move in bombing Syria last week.
New York Post reporter Mark Moore pointed out Biden’s lack of pressers recently:
“The reluctance to hold a presser recalls the time last summer and early fall when then-candidate Biden largely holed up in his Wilmington, Del., home while the coronavirus and the presidential campaign were churning.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki recently quipped, “Not yet,” when she was asked when Biden would hold a press conference, and also told a group of reporters earlier this week that she was “authorized to speak on their behalf” when pressed about Biden’s and Vice-President Kamala Harris’ silence on the scandals around New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News that he feels the president should feel at ease with the press because they would likely go pretty easy on him:
“It’s surprising Biden hasn’t held a press conference. What on earth would lead the Biden team to think that the mainstream media would be even remotely interested in asking tough questions? It’s truly pathetic that the Biden team doesn’t even trust the president to hit softballs.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted that not only did Trump, Obama and Bush meet with the press earlier than Biden is, but the previous 12 Presidents before that did as well:
“Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors all held a formal solo press conference within 33 days of taking office.”
Political satirist Tim Young jokingly pointed out that during Trump’s time as President, the media blamed his lack of press conferences on his alleged guilt, and wondering what Biden must therefore be hiding:
“We were told repeatedly by the left when President Trump didn’t hold press conferences that he was derelict of duty and avoiding them because he was clearly guilty of something – so playing by the left and the corporate media’s own established rules, I guess Biden has committed multiple crimes and should no longer be president.”
Young, in a more serious note, actually believes that Biden is being advised against press conferences for his own good:
“I think his people keep him away from the media because they’re afraid he might trail off or have difficulty answering basic questions.”