Biden cannot be trusted to give off-the-cuff remarks or take unplanned questions from reporters.
His inability to form sentences or appear alert has concerned many Americans, many of whom believe Biden is not able to function on his own. This was the case, yet again, and his White House handlers did everything they could to prevent another public embarrassment.
The White House reportedly cut the feed of President Joe Biden during a briefing on Monday as the president started asking questions.
During Monday’s visit to Boise, Idaho, Biden received a briefing about the ongoing wildfires that have plagued several states out west. While Biden spoke for much of the briefing, at one point he said he wanted to hear more from George Geissler of the National Association of State Foresters.
“Can I ask you a question?” Biden asked.
“One of the things that I’ve been working on with some others is —” Biden said before the feed was cut and replaced with a full-screen graphic that said, “Thank You For Joining.”
BIDEN: “Can I ask you a question?”
*White House feed cuts out” pic.twitter.com/YQ9I9u3r98
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 13, 2021
This isn’t first situation where the White House has cut Biden’s feed. Last month, the president’s audio feed was cut as he was about to respond to a reporter’s question on his administration’s military withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan.
The White House also cut the feed of a virtual event in March after Biden said, “I’m happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do…”
Biden has been criticized for favoring reporters that might be friendlier than others, and who his staff has possibly screened ahead of time.
Biden has also faced criticism for sometimes failing to take questions from reporters at all. This was specifically apparent when members of the press attempted to grill him during the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Biden infamously turned his back on reporters several times, creating an image of a president who was unwilling to answer for the Americans and allies left behind in the country after the Taliban took control.
The president’s popularity and approval rating among Americans has plummeted since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, with the perception that he does not take questions or care to answer for the actions of his administration potentially playing a part in the drop.
Author: Sebastian Hayworth