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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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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