Psaki announces Biden will FINALLY hold press conference next Wednesday: President will meet full press for first time in 78 days
- Biden will answer questions from reporters on Wednesday, Jen Psaki . said
- It will be his first formal press since early November in Glasgow
- White House has been barring questions over lack of formal event for months
- He has answered questions one or two at a time after countless events
- He also sometimes engages in “helicopter talk” before boarding Marine One
- Event comes amid stalled Build Back Better plan
- Senate Democrats fall two votes short of plan to change filibuster to change voting rights law
- Biden’s approval ratings are underwater amid the ommicron wave
President Joe Biden will hold a formal press conference next week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday — as the president starts the year with low polls and faces a defeat on two key agenda items.
Wednesday marks 78 days since his last formal press conference — a period in which Biden’s approval rating has fallen, amid the proliferation of the omicron variant, the failure of his Build Back Better plan and his hitherto failed attempt to gain voting rights. move legislation.
Friday, Biden was 73 days without such an event.
Biden will meet with the press on January 19, the anniversary of former President Donald Trump’s last full day.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who has for weeks warded off questions from reporters about when Biden would hold such an event, mentioned it at the top of her briefing Friday.
President Joe Biden will hold an official press conference on Wednesday. He has answered questions at less formal events, as he did at the Capitol on Thursdays, often with one or two…
“Next Wednesday, the president will hold a formal press conference at 4 p.m. So we look forward to seeing you there and with the presidents speaking directly to the American people,” she said.
Her delivery was informal, and a reporter in the room later asked when Biden would hold his next press conference without realizing that Psaki had just released the news.
Psaki has maintained for weeks that Biden’s regular contacts with the press in other locations are a sufficient substitute.
Biden frequently answers questions after speeches or before boarding the Marine One as it leaves the White House.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki broke the news to reporters
Biden’s last formal press conference was in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2. Here he is on stage at an Action on Forests and Land Use event
Instead of press conferences, Biden has answered questions between events when the press is present. Sometimes Marine One’s engines roar in the background
President Joe Biden has given far fewer press conferences in his first year as president than his five predecessors
After formal comments Thursday, there was a long awkward silence as reporters yelled questions at the president, and he didn’t respond, even as the cameras rolled, before an official White House feed was finally interrupted.
The move comes as Vice President Kamala Harris also appears to be adjusting her media strategy. Harris, who like Biden has an underwater approval rating, sat down for a one-on-one interview with NBC a week after doing so with PBS. She also accompanied Biden to key speeches on voting rights and the January 6 anniversary.
The event comes at a critical time. Democrats were unable to move Biden’s signature $1.8 trillion Build Back Better plan ahead of Christmas as planned. Two key holdouts, Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, came out against Biden’s push to change the filibuster to move voting rights.
The US continues to set records for infections and hospitalizations amid the spread of the omicron variant. A plan to ship home test kits has yet to get tests into the hands of Americans. And inflation is setting new records, even as job growth surpasses expectations from a year ago and unemployment is at record lows.
Joe Biden has held far fewer press conferences in his first year in office than five of his immediate predecessors and has conducted fewer media interviews than the six presidents who have served before him.
In its first year, President Biden has given just nine formal press conferences — six solo and three alongside visiting foreign leaders. He has also conducted 22 media interviews.
By comparison, at this point in their respective presidencies, Donald Trump held 21 press conferences, Barack Obama was 27, George W. Bush was 19, Bill Clinton was 38, and George HW Bush was 31.
Ronald Reagan held only six press conferences in 1981 because his schedule was scaled back early in his first term in office in 1981 following an assassination attempt.
In his first year as president, however, Reagan conducted 59 interviews.