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Some White House staffers have muted or turned off the TV when President Joe Biden gives public remarks because they anticipate him making a blunder or trailing off, according to Politico.
“I know people who habitually don’t watch it live for that reason,” one current official told the news outlet.
Biden has been known to make public gaffes and in the past few months has been more freewheeling with his remarks. In July, he accused Facebook of killing people because of the misinformation spread on the social media site about COVID-19 vaccines. In June, after he announced an agreement was reached with GOP senators on an infrastructure deal, he backtracked and said he would only sign it if Congress also passed a multi-trillion-dollar package focused on “human infrastructure” programs like subsidized childcare, climate change, and home caregiving.
“If they don’t (both) come, I’m not signing it. Real simple,” Biden said.
He quickly walked back those remarks.
The president also claimed this year that 90% of Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan were evacuated. On a separate occasion, the president also claimed he had come to the Senate 120 years ago.
Some Biden staffers want him to take fewer questions, according to Politico.
“A lot of times, we say, ‘Don’t take questions,'” press secretary Jen Psaki told Democrat strategist David Axelrod on his podcast in the spring. “But he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”
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