The GOP released a video on Twitter Tuesday titled, “Things that take less time than Joe Biden has gone without a press conference.”
According to the video, walking from Canada to Mexico, sailing around the world and taking six round trips to the moon take less than 49 days, the amount of days President Joe Biden has gone without a press conference.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week that Biden will hold a press conference “before the end of the month,” however, many are accusing President Biden of avoiding news conferences.
“Avoiding news conferences must not become a regular habit for Mr. Biden,” a Washington Post op-ed wrote. “He is the president, and Americans have every right to expect that he will regularly submit himself to substantial questioning.”
Each of Biden’s 15 most recent predecessors held a full news conference within their first 33 days in office.
President Donald Trump held his first solo press conference 27 days after taking office, while President Barack Obama held one 20 days into his presidency.
At a Tuesday visit by Biden to W.S. Jenks & Son, a hardware store in Washington D.C. that benefited from the temporary extension for smaller businesses of the Paycheck Protection Program, Biden aides did not allow the press to ask the President questions.
“Come on, press, you gotta go,” Biden aides said as the group of reporters were quickly removed the scene.
Biden did not answer any of the press’s questions, who were probing him regarding the immigration crisis at the border.
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“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.
In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.
Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.
“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”
The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.
“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”
“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”