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Psaki says Biden ‘doesn’t spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories’ after GOP senator criticizes his tweets as ‘incredibly conventional’


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a White House press briefing on Thursday, March 4, 2021. AP Photo / Andrew Harnik

  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Biden’s communication style on Monday.

  • Biden “doesn’t spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories,” Psaki said.

  • The comments came after a Republican senator criticized Biden’s use of social media.

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden’s communication style on Monday after a Republican senator criticized his limited use of social media.

“I can confirm that the President of the United States does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories,” Psaki told reporters at a press conference, in apparent criticism of former President Donald’s Twitter habits Trump before the social media platform permanently suspended his account after the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill.

Psaki’s comments were in response to GOP Senator John Cornyn’s statement on Monday that Biden’s tweets are “incredibly conventional.”

“The president does not do cable interviews”, Cornyn tweeted, citing a Politico article. “The tweets from his account are limited and, when they arrive, unimaginably conventional. Public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit-down interviews with mainstream media and reporters.”

Cornyn also suggested that Biden’s messaging strategy undermines his leadership, tweeting: “Invites the question: is he really responsible?”

Psaki rebuffed that claim on Monday and said Biden “spends his time working on behalf of the American people.”

Biden’s media interactions have largely consisted of participating in occasional one-on-one interviews, answering questions from reporters after public events, and tweeting from his @POTUS account about his administration’s work. He held his first presidential press conference last month.

Biden’s approach differs significantly from that of Trump, who regularly made presidential announcements via late-night tweets and frequently appeared on cable TV channels, particularly Fox News. Trump is also reportedly using Twitter to attack his political rivals and gain support from his base.

Towards the end of his presidency, Trump used social media to spread false statements and conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election. Twitter and Facebook ultimately banned Trump from their platforms in response to the role of the former president in the Capitol uprising, when sections of his supporters stormed the building.

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