President Biden can’t stand when he’s given anything other than softball questions. One journalist didn’t get the memo.
And Joe Biden lashed out a reporter for asking one simple question.
When you build your policy behind closed doors away from the eyes of the public, it makes answering questions almsot impossible.
That’s part of the reason Joe Biden has rarely done live press conferences, opting to send his Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, out to do his dirty work.
But he had nowhere to hide this time.
President Joe Biden instructed reporters to “shush up” while answering a question about debt limit negotiations during a news conference at the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, on Sunday.
“Are Republicans negotiating in good faith?” a reporter asked.
The President started to say, “It goes in stages,” before he was interrupted by another reporter. He responded with “Shush up okay.”
Biden tells a reporter to “shush up” while being grilled on the debt limit.pic.twitter.com/4i5usSP4qc
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“This goes in stages, and what happens in the first meetings wasn’t all that progressive.” he continued.
“The second ones were, the third one was, and then what happens is the carriers go back to the principles and say this is what we’re thinking about and that people put down new claims.”
“I still believe we’ll be able to avoid default and we’ll get something decent,” Biden concluded.
Can you imagine the media field day if President Trump had spoken to a reporter like that? It would’ve made headlines on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and the rest.
Congress is now negotiating an increase in the national debt limit. According to Reuters, the Treasury Department has warned that if an agreement is not reached by June 1st, the US will default on its debts.
During the press conference, the President called the Republicans’ proposals “unacceptable.” He said, “It is time for Republicans to accept that there is no bipartisan deal to be made solely on their partisan terms. They must also relocate.”
According to NPR, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and President Biden chatted on the way home from Japan on Sunday.
“My discussion with the president, I think, was productive,” McCarthy said.
“Look, he’s sitting on Air Force One, he had been sitting in meetings with other world leaders, and it’s hard to try to get that update as we’re going across there. I think we can solve some of these problems if he understands what we’re looking at, but I’ve been very clear to him from the very beginning, we have to spend less money than we spent last year.”
Before meeting with President Biden on Sunday, Speaker McCarthy stated, “Unfortunately, the White House moved backward,” adding, “He actually proposed spending billions more next year than we spend this year.”
Republicans want to raise defense expenditure while reducing all other expenditures. According to sources, they are also pressing to extend the Trump-era tax cuts.
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