A reporter interrogated Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary of the White House, about the reason behind President Joe Biden's decision not to conduct "formal" press conferences.
A journalist questioned the White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, about the rationale behind President Joe Biden's choice to avoid holding "formal" press conferences.
“The second question has to do with the lack of a press conference during the president’s upcoming trip, and the lack of a press conference that we see in general from this White House,” the reporter started. “I represent a news organization that owns 113 television stations, and a question that I’m often asked, and I don’t know the answer to, so I’ll ask you that question: Is the administration trying to protect the president from our questions? Please –”
“Absolutely not!” Jean-Pierre fired back. “Absolutely not.”
“So why the lack of any interaction in a formal setting, to have a press conference?” the reporter challenged.
“I mean, the president takes shouted questions – I understand, John, I understand. I understand. I’ve dealt with this question about three times already. I understand that it is … the job of you all to ask this question to me, totally get that,” Jean-Pierre said. “And that’s not a problem at all. But, certainly, the president, many times, has stand – has stood in front of all of you, has taken questions on his own, because he wanted to see what was on your minds, he wanted to see what the questions you all were going to ask him. And he wanted to answer them directly.”
“That has happened multiple times, many times during this administration,” she continued. “And that will certainly continue to be. When it comes to a formal press conference, I don’t have anything to share with you at this time.”
On multiple occasions during his term, President Biden has avoided answering questions from the press. He has walked away from reporters during instances when they questioned him about topics such as increasing prices, a Chinese surveillance balloon, and his alleged trust in the Taliban.
In 2021, Jen Psaki, the former White House press secretary, also evaded a question regarding why President Biden never answered questions from Fox News, despite being provided with a list of reporters to call on.
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