Concerns about President Biden’s lack of access to the press escalated on Wednesday night after the commander-in-chief told reporters he was “happy to ask questions” before his microphone and camera power were cut off.
The incident happened at the end of the appearance of the 46th president at the event of the Democratic Council of the Chamber, where he was practically joined by the Speaker of the Parliament Nancy Pelosi and its members.
Biden said after giving his prepared remarks, which lasted just under 10 minutes, “I want to thank everyone. I really want it … I want to thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
“And I’m happy to ask questions if that̵
But before reporters got a chance to talk to the president, the show shut down and a “Thank you for joining” screen appeared.
Biden has gone longer than his 15 most recent predecessors – going back 100 years without holding a solo press conference.
All 15 previous presidents held a stand-alone press conference within 33 days of taking office, according to a CNN analysis of data from the US Presidential Project.
Former President Trump held his first solo press conference 27 days after taking office, while former President Obama held 20 days of work.
Thursday marks the 43rd day of Biden’s rule.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
Asked on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “We look forward to holding a full official press conference, but in the meantime the president regularly asks questions from reporters covering the White House, including this morning.”
“His focus from day to day is on controlling the pandemic and getting people back to work. That’s what people chose. “
The commander-in-chief spoke to reporters briefly before boarding the presidential plane, and took some questions from the press after making public statements about the coronavirus and other issues.
Yet Biden still does not face reporters alone.
The lack of a stand-alone pusher comes despite Biden’s numerous executive actions since Jan. 20 and his $ 1.9 trillion relief plan, which is making its way through Congress.