White House Cuts Live Feed The Second Biden Says He’ll Take Questions
After a campaign in which now President Joe Biden faced speculation that he was hiding in his basement to avoid exposing his declining mental capacity, Biden has continued to limit how accessible he is to the media and public since becoming president.
That didn’t change Wednesday when the White House team immediately cut a feed of Biden just as the president was expressing a rare openness to taking questions.
From the Post Millennial:
The White House suddenly cut the feed of a virtual event after President Joe Biden said he was “happy to take questions” from Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday night.
Biden had been addressing the House Democratic Caucus with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the topics of coronavirus relief and the vaccine rollout.
The President finished his remarks and then said, “I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance, whatever you want me to do.”
The story comes at a time when Biden has been criticized for failing to hold a press conference since entering office:
Biden has faced growing criticism for not holding formal press conference in the six weeks since taking office. It is rare for Biden to take questions and when he does it is typically limited to questions from pre-selected reporters.
Biden has long been known for his missteps and gaffes, especially when forced to speak without the help of a teleprompter.
But with Biden now becoming the oldest person to ever become president, questions and concerns about the potential for his mental capacity to be in decline have intensified.
Like on the campaign, Biden’s lack of appearances in front of the press to take questions has only increased speculation that Biden’s team is attempting to hide or protect him from revealing the extent of his decline.
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