Try not to take questions': White House press secretary dislikes Biden's media association

 Try not to take questions': White House press secretary dislikes Biden's media association 






WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden was handling his fourth inquiry from a journalist subsequent to conveying comments on the pandemic a week ago when he was sorry to the press corps. 

See, I'm grieved. This is the last inquiry I'll take," Biden said. "I'm truly going to be in a difficult situation." 

In a difficult situation? Truly? 

Truth be told, indeed, White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed in a digital broadcast talk with this week. 

Psaki disclosed to CNN's David Axelrod that the interchanges shop dislikes Biden's ability to draw in with correspondents who yell inquiries during Biden's public appearances.






That is not something we recommend,” Psaki said. “In fact, a lot of times we say `Don't take questions.’ ”

But, she conceded, “He’s going to do what he wants to do, because he’s the president of the United States.”
Psaki, who expects to step down from her high-profile and high-pressure job in about a year, spoke candidly about the effort of keeping on message a president who likes to interact with people, including reporters.

That means staying focused on the issues the White House wants to talk about – particularly what’s being done to stop the pandemic and get the economy back on track. It also means staying away from controversial issues like the surge of migrants at the border.
Psaki said one reason the White House resisted calling the situation a “crisis,” despite reporters’ persistently pressing why officials wouldn’t use that term, was to not give the media a “nugget” that could run across the bottom of television screens or be tweeted out.

“We understand and know the nature of some components of social media and media these days,” Psaki said. “And we just didn't want to feed into that, on this issue, or really any issue.”
The press has also pushed the White House on why Biden has not gone to the southern border himself to assess the situation.

Acknowledging the border is an important issue, Psaki added that a “much smaller percentage” of the public is focused on the border than the share that cares about the pandemic and the economy.
So that may be maddening,” she said. “But, you know, that's what we try to do.”

Psaki addressed two of her missteps in the first 100 days, her flippant comment about Space Force and the initial definition of the president’s goal of getting a majority of schools re-opened.

Asked about Space Force during her second week at the briefing podium, Psaki said: “Wow. Space Force. It’s the plane of today!”



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