Recently, the White House abruptly terminated a live feed of Joe Biden’s briefing regarding wildfires with various state and federal officials.
Biden visited Boise, Idaho on Monday, where he reviewed a briefing regarding major wildfires that have negatively impacted states on the west coast.
During the briefing, Biden spent the majority of the time speaking. Over the course of his discussion, he indicated that he was interested in hearing more about a particularly subject from George Geissler, who is a representative of the National Association of State Foresters.
“Can I ask you a question?” Biden inquired.
Geissler replied affirmatively, and Biden began to speak.
“One of the things that I’ve been working on with some others is …” Biden started, though live feed coverage abruptly terminated after this remark.
BIDEN: “Can I ask you a question?”
*White House feed cuts out” pic.twitter.com/YQ9I9u3r98
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When pressed for commenting on the abrupt termination of Biden’s live feed, the White House did not offer an immediate response.
Unfortunately, this instance is not the first time wherein the White House openly intervened in Biden’s commentary to the general public. In the past month, Biden’s live feed was also abruptly terminated during his response to a reporter regarding the military withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan, which remains mired in chaos.
In addition, during the spring, Biden proclaimed that he was “happy to take questions” while speaking with Democratic legislators, only for the White House to cut the feed during March’s virtual event.
The most recent termination of Biden’s live feed comes on the heels of a report from Politico, which revealed that staffers across the White House will either “turn off [Biden’s] remarks” or “mute [him]” due to “anxiety” over whether or not he will meander away from the “carefully orchestrated messaging” of the West Wing.
Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, has also admitted that Biden is frequently advised to not take any questions.
In the past week alone, Biden made additional eyebrow-raising remarks at a White House event, namely when he remarked, “I’m supposed to stop and walk out of the room,” rather than take questions.