President Joe Biden has a well-documented tendency to ramble through unscripted remarks and his gaffe-prone style has reportedly become a major concern for top White House aides.
During an event in Idaho on Monday, a live audio and video feed cut out shortly after the president began to ask a question of one official in attendance.
“Can I ask you a question?”
According to the Daily Wire, Biden was in Boise to visit the National Interagency Fire Center for a briefing from various federal, state, and local officials.
Following remarks from George Giessler of the National Association of State Foresters, Biden posed a question. At this point in the event, an official White House transcript of the briefing ends.
“One of the things that I’ve been working on with some others is,” Biden said before the feed was interrupted, replaced by a screen that read: “Thank you for joining.”
BIDEN: “Can I ask you a question?”
*White House feed cuts out” pic.twitter.com/YQ9I9u3r98
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 13, 2021
Of course, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler and others in the media rushed to defend the White House amid speculation that the video had been cut short by Biden’s own communications team. In making his point, he cited a schedule of events that signaled reporters would be asked to leave the event before its conclusion.
“It looks weak in the process”
Kessler determined that no one in the administration had sought to limit Biden’s speech or the public’s access thereof, chalking it up to a timing issue that had been exploited by Biden’s GOP opponents.
Although his interpretation of events might be accurate, this was just the latest incident in a string of live feeds that were abruptly interrupted in recent months.
Furthermore, Biden himself has indicated on multiple occasions that his handlers keep him on a tight leash regarding unscripted access to reporters.
Fox News contributor Joe Concha echoed the sentiment of many Biden critics in his reaction on Tuesday.
“This appears intentional and it looks weak in the process,” he said. “And you remember the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, she told CNN recently that she instructs her boss literally not to take questions. And it’s amazing that the guy who received more votes than any presidential candidate in U.S. history is so shielded in these situations.”