Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that President Joe Biden has not taken questions from reporters in a solo news conference since being inaugurated because his staff doesn’t have ‘faith’ he could handle it.
‘The pressure is mounting when you have even left wing outlets calling him out for this,’ McEnany told Fox Business Channel on Friday.
‘I would say it’s extraordinary for him not to have taken questions.’
In the six weeks since Biden took the oath of office, he has yet to stage a news conference on his own.
Each of his 15 predecessors in the White House, including McEnany’s former boss, Donald Trump, held a full news conference within their first 33 days of being sworn in.
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (left) said that President Joe Biden (right) has not taken questions from reporters in a solo news conference since being inaugurated because his staff doesn’t have ‘faith’ he could handle it
Biden has been in office for 47 days.
Trump took questions from reporters at a news conference on February 16, 2017 – less than four weeks after his inauguration.
Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, held his first news conference as president on February 9, 2009 – less than three weeks after he moved in to the White House.
In response to the growing pressure for Biden to appear before reporters, the White House on Friday announced that the president would hold a news conference by the end of the month.
‘We look forward to holding a full press conference in the coming weeks before the end of the month,’ McEnany’s successor, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, told reporters at the press briefing on Friday.
‘And we’re working on setting a final date for that and as soon as we do we will let you all know.’
McEnany said that Biden’s staffers are deliberately muzzling the president – similar to how his aides handled the recent presidential campaign.
‘The basement strategy is what he employed on the campaign trail,’ McEnany told Fox Business.
Former President Donald Trump (left) took questions from reporters at a news conference on February 16, 2017 – less than four weeks after his inauguration. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama (right), held his first news conference as president on February 9, 2009 – less than three weeks after he moved in to the White House
‘He went something like 50 days and he only took questions twice,’ McEnany said.
‘And when he did, they were hand-picked questions.’
The former press secretary-turned-Fox News contributor thinks that Biden is being shielded from the media due to his staff.
‘I think his staff does not have faith that he can stand at the podium and have a press conference the way President Trump did many times,’ she said.
McEnany thinks that Biden actually enjoys speaking to the press.
‘I don’t think this is President Biden saying, “I don’t want to do this”,’ she said.
‘I think it’s those around him recognizing when he does speak, it doesn’t always turn out so well, like calling Republicans “Neanderthals,” as he did recently in the Oval Office.’
Psaki on Friday defended Biden’s use of the phrase ‘neanderthal thinking,’ which he used on Wednesday when he criticized the governors of Texas and Mississippi for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in their states.
Asked about it during Thursday’s press briefing, Psaki said Biden was describing ‘the behavior of a neanderthal. Just to be very clear. The behavior of.’
In response to the growing pressure for Biden to appear before reporters, the White House on Friday announced that the president would hold a news conference by the end of the month. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (seen above at the White House on Thursday) is pictured
McEnany hit out at Biden for reacting on Wednesday to Texas and Mississippi reopening and killing off mask mandates by calling it a ‘big mistake.’ Biden added: ‘The last thing we need is neanderthal thinking’
‘Look, I think the president, what everybody saw yesterday, was a reflection of his frustration and exasperation, which I think many American people have, that for almost a year now people across the country have sacrificed.’
Biden and members of his administration have implored Americans to wear masks and stay socially distant as the country’s population get vaccinated against COVID-19.
‘And many times they haven’t had the information they need from the federal government,’ she continued. ‘They haven’t had access to a greater understanding of what the public health guidelines should look like. And those include many, many people in Mississippi and Texas, in Ohio, Florida, in every state across the country.’
Biden said ‘the last thing we need is neanderthal thinking’ on the heels of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announcing that their state would no longer mandate mask-wearing and businesses could reopen to full capacity.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey broke with Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi and announced Thursday that she’ll extend a mask mandate until April 9
Texas Gov Greg Abbott (right) and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (left) both announced on that their states would end mask mandates and reopen businesses without capacity limitations
On Thursday, another southern Republican governor, Alabam’s Kay Ivey, extended her state’s mask mandate for another month and five days.
Psaki told DailyMail.com that she was unaware Ivey’s decision came from direct White House pressure.
‘I’m not aware of a direct conversation between them today,’ she said during Thursday’s briefing.
She also couldn’t answer if Biden had made calls to additional Republican governors who may be flirting with reopening their states.
Biden’s ‘neanderthal’ dig was met with furor.
‘President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is “neanderthal thinking,”‘ Reeves tweeted Wednesday.
‘Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.’
Later on Fox News Channel, Reeves said that Biden needed to ‘get outside of Washington, DC, and actually travel to middle America.’
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