President Biden on Tuesday denounced the White House press corps for its usual — and longstanding — practice of shouting questions as reporters were chased from an event focusing on legal hurdles to abortion and contraceptives. .
“They are among the only press in the world to do this. Seriously. Seriously,” Biden told his guests, choosing not to answer any questions from the small daily press pool.
Biden’s incredulous tone on Tuesday was not the first time the president had been caught dissolving the press as it clamored for his attention.
During a September 22 meeting in New York between Biden and Philippine President Bongbong Marcos, the US president was filmed telling Marcos, “I wouldn’t bother to answer” as reporters shouted demands. information.
Biden’s behavior toward press questions has irritated reporters before – notably during a visit last year by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who chose to answer questions from reporters in the Oval Office despite Biden’s refusal to do it.
The president gave far fewer interviews and press conferences than his recent predecessors, although he at one point overtook his predecessors with short Q&As at the end of events.
The White House did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment on Biden’s remark on Tuesday, which was initially ignored by many reporters because official White House video feed operators had ceased broadcasting.
New York Post