Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House, was questioned by a journalist on why President Joe Biden won’t conduct “formal” press conferences. During the press conference on Monday, Jean-Pierre discussed how Biden hadn’t spoken to any media prior to his travel to the UK and Ireland.
The second query relates to the president’s next trip’s lack of a news conference as well as the White House’s usual lack of press conferences, the reporter said. “I speak for a journalistic group that owns 113 television stations. I’m frequently asked a question to which I have no response, so I’ll put it to you: Is the government attempting to shield the president from our inquiries? Thank you.”
“Absolutely not!” Jean-Pierre said. “Absolutely not.”
The reporter questioned, “So why the lack of any interaction in a formal setting, to have a press conference?”
“I mean, John, I understand that the president accepts yelled questions. I comprehend. This question has already been addressed around three times. I fully comprehend that it is your responsibility to ask me this question, Jean-Pierre said. And that’s not at all a problem. However, the president has undoubtedly stood in front of you all numerous times and answered questions on his own because he wanted to know what was on your thoughts and what questions you were going to ask him. And he desired a straightforward response.
She continued, “That has happened numerous times, numerous times during this administration. “And that undoubtedly will remain the case. I am unable to provide you with any information regarding a formal news conference at this time.
Biden has avoided reporter inquiries during his administration. When questioned about growing prices, the Chinese monitoring expansion, and when a reporter questioned why he supposedly “continues to trust” the Taliban, he walked away from a group of reporters on three consecutive occasions.
In 2022, a reporter asked the president why Biden had “stopped taking questions from the press” and highlighted the subject.
The reporter yelled as Biden appeared to dismiss them, “What are you afraid of?”
Jen Psaki, a former press secretary for the White House, declined to respond explicitly when asked in 2021 why Biden never received inquiries from Fox News “when he is given a list of reporters to call on.”