Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that she warned the press corps in the finals days of the Trump administration that President Joe Biden would not be accessible.
“I actually warned some of the reporters there in the press corps. In the waning days of the Trump administration, he didn’t do as much press availabilities every day as he walked to [Marine One] or those press conferences,” McEnany told Fox News’s “The Story.”
“I said to the correspondents, ‘You’re getting a little taste of what it will be like in the Biden administration.’ I said I wouldn’t expect to see much of him. We haven’t. We’re still waiting on that solo press conference, we’re still waiting for the day, apparently by the end of the month,” she added.
Fifty days into his presidency, Joe Biden has yet to schedule a formal press conference. By this point in their respective presidencies, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush had all given press conferences.
McEnany told the paper that Biden’s lack of press conferences was “extraordinary” but “not unprecedented.” She noted that Biden wasn’t regularly accessible to the press when he was on the campaign trail.
“If history was any indicator, the basement strategy would continue, just not in the basement, in the Oval,” McEnany said. “He promised to be transparent but he’s been anything but that.”
50 days of Biden.
No press conference.
Why? The American People deserve transparency!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) March 11, 2021
McEnany suggested that Biden’s staff lacks confidence in their president.
“The staff knows that hiding him away worked on the campaign trail and will work for his presidency as well,” she said. “I don’t think his staff sees the free-wheeling briefing room back-and-forth as the ideal communications model for President Biden.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who holds daily briefings for reporters, gave a vague answer on Monday when she was asked whether the president would ever hold a press conference. She said Biden would do so before the end of March without giving a specific date.
“The president takes questions several times a week. He took questions actually twice yesterday,” Psaki said on Monday. ‘’We look forward to holding a full press conference. We’re working on setting a final date for that and as soon as we do we will let you all know.”
Psaki said the president focuses his energy and attention on combatting the CCP Virus pandemic and pushing for an American rescue plan—the move McEnany said was being used as “an excuse.”
“Part of your responsibility during a pandemic is communicating with the American people,” McEnany said of Biden. “They want to hear from who they voted for. The press secretary briefings are not enough.”
Biden’s alleged dementia and lack of press conference have sparked questions about his ability to lead the country.
Former Bill Clinton adviser Dick Morris on Sunday, March 7, predicted that Democrats will invoke the 25th Amendment on President Joe Biden to remove him from office.
“I think that this is all indicative of a lack of confidence in him, a lack of feeling he’s well enough to make these decisions, and I think the 25th Amendment is not going to be long in coming,” Morris said.