A new report reveals that White House staffers regularly avoid watching President Biden’s press conferences over the fear of what he will say. Biden is known for routinely straying from his script which often ends up with fumbled words and incomprehensible phrases despite admitting he often conducts the conferences with a cheat sheet of who to call on and when.
When Biden gives public remarks, some White House staffers will either mute him or turn off his remarks, according to White House officials.
It’s not that they’re indifferent to what their boss has to say. Indeed, their livelihoods are directly invested in it. Rather, they’re filled with anxiety that he’s going to take questions from the press and veer off the West Wing’s carefully orchestrated messaging.
“I know people who habitually don’t watch it live for that reason,” said one current official.
Biden’s advisers have urged him to answer fewer of the questions being shouted at him by reporters covering his events. While the president sometimes obliges and quickly leaves the podium after remarks, he has a tendency to buck those staffers trying to rein him in. “I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,” he said after addressing FEMA the other week.
Biden’s constant blunders often get brushed aside by the press but in the wake of his mishandling of the Afghanistan crisis, some of his closest supporters have even begun distancing themselves from the President and his endless stream of mistakes.