White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted in a CNN podcast published Thursday that President Joe Biden took improvised questions from journalists “is not something we recommend.”
Psaki took the footage while being interviewed by CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod on her podcast “The Ax Files,”
The two began discussing the subject when Axelrod asked Psaki about a particular case, when Biden inadvertently ran into White House CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, who went on to ask the president if a $ 15 minimum wage increase would be included in the coronavirus assistance package. , which was signed into law in March.
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Axelrod stated that Biden gave the honest answer that he did not think the increase would be included in the bill, but he told the reporter that he must have given Psaki a lot of heartburn and made her ask herself why Biden would be allowed to roll around the hallways with impromptu interviews. He then asked Psaki how she was doing.
Psaki laughed at the incident and explained that it happened after she had already left work and Biden was on her way back to her residence. She then claimed that Biden asks questions “almost every day he is out in front of the press.”
“It’s not something we recommend. In fact, we often say ‘do not ask questions,'” she continued.
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Psaki then claimed that the administration has refrained from being distracted by avoiding having Biden conduct more consistent press conferences where he had to answer questions on specific topics. She gave examples of rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Indictment and rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. She added that they wanted to focus his time on addressing issues that they claim the American people care about more, such as the coronavirus pandemic and the economy.
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Biden held his first solo press conference on March 25, the 65th day of his term, after harsh criticism from the normally supportive media for not having one. This marked the longest that a president had gone without a press conference since taking office since former president Calvin Coolidge in the 1920s. According to the New York Post, Biden has also been known to consistently leave messages, speeches and other events without answering questions from journalists.