Joe Biden has not Given a Press Conference in 100 days Plus

Written by on October 23, 2021

Joe Biden has not Given a Press Conference in 100 days Plus

By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist


Joe Biden hasn’t held a press conference since July 15th. That’s 99 plus days ago.

In that time we’ve experienced:

Afghanistan withdrawal crisis
Haitian migrant crisis
Inflation crisis
Supply chain crisis

None of these issues were important enough for the Resident of the United States to take questions from the American people.

Politico calls out Biden for not doing interviews: ‘Reflects the bunker mentality this White House has taken’ Politico is calling out President Biden for his lack of availability for one-on-one media interviews.

On a recent installment of its “West Wing Playbook” newsletter, Politico reporters Alex Thompson and Tina Sfondeles began by highlighting that Biden has participated in “just 10” interviews in the first nine months of his presidency – and not one since Labor Day.

His tally pales in comparison to the 57 interviews Donald Trump had done and the 131 Barack Obama had done at the same point in their presidencies, according to Mark Knoller, a former CBS reporter and “presidential watcher.” Politico also noted that Biden had done “at least double” the interviews at this point when he was vice president under Obama.

“Biden’s team is quick to note that he often takes questions from reporters after he does events. Allies of the president are even quicker to note that no one outside of the Washington press corps really cares about press access,” Politico wrote. “But the lack of interviews reflects the bunker mentality this White House has taken with the media — particularly the extensive back-and-forths where reporters can follow-up, push, and prod.”

“Biden has been especially wary of talking to print publications; he has yet to do an interview with reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, or Reuters,” the newsletter added.

Politico pointed out that the only three print interviews Biden had done so far were with New York Times columnist David Brooks, The Atlantic columnist Edward-Isaac Dovere and People magazine as part of a joint interview with first lady Jill Biden.

White House press corps member pleads for Biden to take more questions
Deputy press secretary insists Biden ‘takes questions all the time’

A member of the White House press corps called for President Biden to take more questions, as the White House claimed: “he takes questions all the time.”

White House reporter Brian Karem, who became known during the Trump administration for his aggressive style when asking questions, asked to have the same opportunity with Biden.

“I’m sure there have been dozens who would humbly request that the president of the United States not only do a town hall, but show up, either in this room or in the East Room, to appear before the full press for a robust round of questions that will no doubt benefit the American public,” Karem told White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Biden is appearing at a “town hall” event on CNN recently.

Jean-Pierre interjected and claimed Biden “takes questions all the time,” adding that it is a “large press corps.”

While Biden sometimes gives brief answers to reporters as before or after meetings at the White House and as he travels, he has a history of refusing to take multiple questions at once or hold press conferences of his own – usually turning his back on reporters who have questions.

In the first nine months of his presidency, Biden only engaged in 11 interviews, far less than former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama at the same time in their presidencies. Biden gave his last interview on August 18, more than two months ago. His last press conference was held on July 15, nearly 100 days ago.

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