Jen Psaki set the record straight with White House reporters who were quiet as Trump killed the press briefing but are now demanding Biden press conferences.
During Jen Psaki’s White House press briefing, reporters complained that Biden isn’t holding a formal press conference after the North American Leaders Summit. Psaki reminded the press that Biden has taken questions from reporters ten times in eighteen days this month. pic.twitter.com/it8cywGRpl
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) November 18, 2021
Psaki said to those who were complaining about the lack of a formal press conference after the North American Leaders Summit, “In the last three weeks, the President has hosted two press conferences, three if you talk about announcing the signing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill where he took a number of questions and today he is taking questions from reporters for the 10th time this month.”
Donald Trump went almost an entire year without holding a formal press briefing. Trump had one press during his whole first year in office. Trump’s final press secretary did not hold a single press briefing. Trump would often lie to reporters by calling an event a press conference and then not taking any questions.
The press outrage is about the White House pool being deprived of a spotlight that they can use to justify their existence.
Jen Psaki set the record straight. Biden is talking to reporters and taking their questions at a clip of nearly every other day.
Where were these concerns when Trump was in office?
That’s right. They couldn’t raise them with Trump’s final press secretary because she never held a briefing.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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