After more than 50 days in office, President Biden has yet to hold a solo press conference, separating him from more than a dozen of his most recent predecessors.
Although the president gave his first prime-time speech on Thursday to talk about the country’s progress in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, the period of more than seven weeks is the longest period a new president has gone without. meeting the press over the past 100 years, the Washington Post reported.
The White House said last week that Biden would hold a press conference before the end of the month, justifying his long absence from the podium by saying he regularly answers questions from reporters in informal settings.
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“The president answers questions several times a week,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week. “[W]which is an opportunity for people covering the White House to ask him questions about the news that unfolds on any given day. “
She added that the president has directed his “energy” and is focused on getting Americans through the pandemic by being shot in the arms and bypassing the US bailout.
Despite the unusual timing of his entry into the White House, Biden frustrated the White House Correspondents Association. President Zeke Miller told Vanity Fair last week that press conferences are “essential for educating the American people and for holding an accountable administration.”
The Washington Post editorial board also condemned the president, saying “it is high time for Biden to hold a press conference.”
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Donald Trump, whose administration has been frequently criticized for inconsistent communication with the press, held his first press conference just a week after starting his presidency.
Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both officially met the press nine days after taking office, while Barack Obama waited 20 days, the Post reported.
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