Americans in 17 states are having trouble finding gasoline after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline system, Hamas (backed by Iran) is waging a full scale rocket war in Israel, inflation is rising and during an event at the White House today, President Joe Biden said he shouldn't be answering questions from reporters.
President Biden goes to leave the lectern after a press conference but comes back, "I'm not supposed to be answering all these questions. I'm supposed to leave."— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 12, 2021
At the end, Biden does walk away from a question about Americans' concerns over rising inflation. pic.twitter.com/VykilNtjMI
On a day when there are fires everywhere, Biden leaves the lectern and then comes back and says "I'm not supposed to be answering many questions"— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) May 12, 2021
That is exactly what he is supposed to be doing.
Just last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told CNN's David Axelrod that her team encourages Biden not to answer questions from the press corps. Since taking office 112 days ago, Biden has only done one formal press conference.
"That is not something we recommend. In fact, a lot of times, we say 'don’t take questions,'" Psaki said. "But he's going to do what he wants to do because he's the president of the United States."
On a new #AxeFiles, WH @PressSec Jen Psaki speaks candidly about the daily tug-and-pull with the media and the administration’s determination to avoid getting knocked off message. “We’re never going to satisfy the White House press corps.” pic.twitter.com/v6sFyiD5sw— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) May 6, 2021