The communications team responsible for managing Joe Biden’s messaging has got themselves in a bit of a pickle.
On one hand, it’s their job to ensure that Joe Biden stays on topic and doesn’t reveal anything that could damage his ability to get reelected. On the other hand, Biden is the President of the United States and he should be allowed to say whatever he pleases.
We say that for purely selfish reasons because Biden’s off-the-cuff remarks are as revealing as they are hilarious.
Apparently, Sleepy Joe doesn’t like being corrected and believes his words should stand on their own without any backtracking from his staff. Biden has told advisers the efforts undermine him and feed Republican attacks suggesting “he’s not fully in command,” according to NBC News.
Following the NBC News report, Joe Biden’s communications team rushed to clean up the mess — again.
Andrew Bates, a top spokesman for Biden, pushed back on the report claiming the cognitively deficient president was “unhappy” with his staff’s cleanup efforts.
Biden was particularly “furious” that aides retracted a line he ad-libbed during a speech in Poland amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine invasion contending the strongman “cannot remain in power,” NBC News reported.
In response, Bates amplified a Washington Post article that reported Biden had helped workshop the follow-up statement himself.
WP is correct. No comments elaborating on POTUS remarks are given without his expressed approval. https://t.co/jIsHdzvcxX
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewJBates46) May 31, 2022
Biden has created mass confusion on multiple occasions regarding his administration’s policies. For example, Biden recently made a statement that implied he would approve military intervention if China were to invade Taiwan, which aroused anger amongst Chinese Communist Party officials.
Appearing at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden responded “Yes” when asked whether the U.S. was willing to defend Taiwan militarily. White House staffer – and even Biden himself – clarified the statement, saying the China-Taiwan stance “has not changed.”
Biden’s also contradicted former White House press secretary on multiple occasions.
During the pandemic, Psaki defined Biden’s school reopening pledge to mean the majority of schools would open “at least one day a week” by day 100 of his presidency.
“No, that’s not true. That’s what was reported. That’s not true. That was a mistake in the communication,” Biden said, contradicting his own press secretary.
Is this Biden spokesman also denying that White House staffers repeatedly cut off Joe Biden’s live video feed on multiple occasions as well? Or did the American public just imagine that too?
Author: Nolan Sheridan