This week, Biden continued the new and unimproved tradition of turning his back on reporters and striding out of the room. Biden’s behavior persists in spite of the fact that reporters continued to shout questions at his back after he finishes his prepared remarks.
Biden had been speaking from a controversial set across the street from the White House, which was allegedly designed in response to COVID. During his speech, Biden offered his standard “may God protect our troops” commentary to conclude his speech. He then swiftly exited from the podium as reporters shouted, “Mr. President!”, their voices oftentimes overlapping one another’s.
John Roberts, who works as an anchor for Fox News, remarked that Biden merely began “walking away … without taking any questions from the press corp [that was] assembled.”
Not only did Biden turn his back on reporters on Thursday, but he also turned his back on reporters on Wednesday. Wednesday was marred by a host of negative updates regarding the economy, including ongoing woes with the supply chain and inflation.
During the previous week, Biden also walked out on reporters once again, shortly after he delivered remarks on a less than stellar jobs report from September.
Various individuals have noted the newfound presidential trend exhibited by the Biden administration:
Biden Ignores Questions from Reporters for Second Day in a Row pic.twitter.com/aOgSjOPSFR
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 14, 2021
Joe Biden walks away as reporters shout questions about the coronavirus pandemic.
He spoke less than seven minutes. pic.twitter.com/9DiDEJdfby
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 14, 2021
WATCH: Joe Biden ignores questions from reporters.
“Will Christmas presents arrive on time, sir?”
“What are you going to do to lower gasoline prices?” pic.twitter.com/XmQ2JZKNnm
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 13, 2021
Biden takes zero questions. pic.twitter.com/moiYSbSU2F
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 14, 2021
President Biden addresses supply chain issue in scripted remarks. Leaves without taking one question. Again. His handlers simply won’t allow it, and it speaks volumes he doesn’t have the confidence in his own arguments not to override them.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 13, 2021
Biden speaks for just over 5 minutes and takes no questions amid multiple crises including inflation, gas price increases, skyrocketing heating bills, and a wide open southern border.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 14, 2021
Biden walked away without taking any questions. pic.twitter.com/dht70T5MsI
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 14, 2021
Over the past several months, Biden has rapidly developed a reputation for not engaging with reporters. Last month, this refusal was particularly egregious when he refused to call on American reporters during an Oval Office meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, although Johnson took questions from British reporters.
Various White House reporters filed a formal complaint after Biden’s refusal to take questions during the meeting with Johnson.
In addition, Biden also ignored questions regarding Afghanistan in August, after he opened up the floor to questions during an appearance at FEMA’s headquarters.
“I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,” Biden informed Jennifer Jacobs, a reporter with Bloomberg News.
As Jacobs began to question Biden on Afghanistan, the president quickly retorted that he is not “gonna answer on Afghanistan now.”
Aside from avoiding the press, Biden has also repeatedly suggested that his handlers set rules regarding if, when, or where Biden is allowed to take questions from reporters.