The saga concerning Joe Biden ignoring reporters and the press being shooed away from him at every opportunity by handlers continued Monday as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed that Biden doesn’t answer questions because they concern things he doesn’t want to talk about.
A reporter asked Psaki why Biden advised the Indian Prime Minister not to address the press last week during another Oval office sit down.
“The Indian press is much better behaved than the American press…I think, with your permission, you could not answer questions because they won’t ask any questions on point,” Biden told the Indian premier.
When asked what the hell that was all about, Psaki answered “I think what he said is that they’re (the reporters’ questions) not always on point.”
“Now I know that isn’t something that anyone wants to hear in here, but what I think he was conveying is today he might want to talk about COVID vaccines, some of the questions were about that,” she continued.
Psaki added, “Some of the questions are not always about the topic he’s talking about in that day. I don’t think it was meant to be a hard cut at the members of the media, people he’s taken questions from today and on Friday as well.”
A second reporter noted how embarrassing it was for the President to shame the US press in front of another world leader.
“Is the president reticent to take questions when he’s sitting next to a foreign leader in the Oval Office?” the reporter asked, adding “Can we expect him to do that in the future?”
Psaki answered, “He’d already taken questions that day,” she said. “I think that was the context of his comments.”
Another reporter also later noted that the Indian press is “ranked 142nd in the world, according to Reporters Without Borders, for press freedoms,” despite Biden suggesting that it is more “well behaved” than the US press.
If reporters only ever asked questions about what Biden wants to talk about, every press conference would be about ice cream and things he did 25 years ago that never really happened.
Psaki also snapped at a reporter who asked about Biden’s plummeting poll numbers: