(FiveNation.com)- Sunday in Rome, President Joe Biden held his first press conference in over three months. And, as is the standard operating procedure with this White House, Joe only called on the reporters listed on his handy cheat sheet.
At G20 Summit, Joe Biden takes questions, but only from a pre-approved list of reporters. pic.twitter.com/KFcqw10YJ9
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 31, 2021
Reporters first noticed this pattern during Biden’s first formal press conference in January. In that press conference, Biden only called on journalists from the Associated Press, the Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters, and Bloomberg. The other White House reporters took to Twitter to complain about how limited and controlled the press conference was.
Some even pointed out that Trump was much more freewheeling in press conferences and answered far more questions.
During his press conference after the G-7 summit in Cornwall over the summer, Joe delivered a twofer. Not only did use his trusty list, but he also said he would “get in trouble” if he didn’t use it:
Joe Biden: “I’m going to get in trouble with staff” if I don’t call from pre-approved list of reporters pic.twitter.com/9pzBLZ9l0s
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 13, 2021
In his press conference after the June summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden told reporters “they gave me a list of people I’m going to call on” and he stuck with his list.
Even after the deadly terror attack in Kabul, Biden stayed true to form.
Joe Biden says that he "was instructed to call on" specific reporters for questions.
Who is calling the shots here? pic.twitter.com/K24AH81g1L
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 26, 2021
This White House knows that the President of the United States is not up to the task of speaking off the cuff. They know that he cannot be trusted to field unexpected questions from reporters.
Given the myriad of examples of Joe Biden losing his temper when asked a challenging question, it makes sense that the White House keeps him on a short leash.
But this level of control, not to mention Biden’s strange habit of claiming that he will “get in trouble” if he answers questions or calls on someone else, only add fuel to the claim that the President of the United States is not the guy in charge at the White House.