The photos show Biden holding a fact sheet labeled “infrastructure,” with bulleted talking points.
“The United States now ranks 13th globally in infrastructure quality — down from 5th place in 2002,” read one bullet point.
Another bullet point noted that “China spends 3 times more on infrastructure than U.S.”
Despite Biden’s talking points, he mistakenly ranked America 85th in the world in infrastructure, before correcting himself.
25 reporters were permitted to attend Thursday’s press conference.
Biden was seen consulting a sheet that appeared to show pictures of journalists who were in attendance. Some of the reporters were circled, some were not.
Biden answered a limited number of questions from a list from pre-selected reporters.
Many of Biden’s responses were aided by notes he referenced inside of a binder.
Many were quick to criticize the President after his press conference.
“Joe Biden had a cheat sheet with the names and faces marked of which journalists to call on, and he knew EXACTLY what questions would be asked of him. That was not a press conference—that was a play put on by bad faith actors in a pseudo-democracy,” author and political commentator Candace Owens said on Twitter.
“It was not very reassuring today that Biden relied so heavily on generic notes from staff to discuss the growing threat from China,” Steven Miller, a senior advisor to former Republican President Donald Trump, wrote.
“LOL. Joe Biden needed 64 days to prepare for a press conference and still needed a cheat sheet,” another user wrote. “How is this real?”
Former President Donald Trump described Biden’s press conference as “ridiculous” on Fox News’ ‘The Ingraham Angle.’
Trump said that reporters had asked “strange questions” and claimed to have never seen anything like it during his time in office.
“Well, they were strange questions and they were asked in a very interesting way. It was like softballs, like you are throwing softballs up, and it is just a different world,” Trump told host Laura Ingraham, adding that the reporters only asked “easy questions.”
Biden addressed issues regarding coronavirus, the U.S.’s future with China, immigration and unaccompanied minors at the border.
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In a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said a whistleblower has come forward detailing how the FBI is manipulating cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to create “the illusion” that domestic violent extremism is a widespread problem in the United States.
Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, claimed the “manipulative case-file practice” was being conducted by the bureau’s Washington field office, which was instructing local FBI offices to open up cases on their books that were in fact simply related to the Capitol breach.
“The FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” Jordan wrote.
“Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide,” he added.
Jordan noted this particular whistleblower is just one of many with similar information: “consistent with disclosures we have received from other whistleblowers that high-ranking FBI officials — including a senior WFO official — are pressing front-line agents to categorize cases as DVE matters to fit a political narrative.”
The letter also brought attention to the inappropriate amount of resources the department has devoted to the January 6 Capitol riots:
“The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” Jordan wrote. “The whistleblower recalled, for example, being told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.
“Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda.”
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