Biden Has Yet To Schedule Initial Press Conference Over 42 Days Into Term
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The White House held a virtual conference Mar. 3 about COVID-19 relief and the vaccine rollout, but after President Joe Biden said he would take questions the feed was cut.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the House Demoratic Caucus were present at the event.
“I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance,” Biden said referring to Pelosi. “Whatever you want me to do.”
But the video feed ended shortly after a pause from the President without explanation.
UNLIKE HIS PREDECESSORS
CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak poured through databases to find records on previous press conferences from past presidents.
“As we await word on when President Biden will hold his first solo press conference, an analysis of the past 100 years shows he is behind his 15 most recent predecessors, who all held a solo press conference within 33 days of taking office,” Liptak said to his colleagues.
He has taken some questions when boarding Air Force One and after a statement about the coronavirus. But Biden has not faced reporters alone since taking office over 42 days ago and is facing more criticism by the day.
The White House has resumed daily press briefings with Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Psaki was asked March 1 if the president would do a solo press conference and she responded by saying “not yet.”
“But we will definitely have one. We will schedule it, and you’ll be the first to know because you’re pivotal participants in that,” Psaki said.