A new report — and President Biden’s own words — have renewed concerns about how tightly the nation’s commander-in-chief is handled by his staff.
White House staffers are on pins and needles when President Biden speaks publicly, fearing he’ll field questions from reporters afterward and muddle the West Wing’s carefully crafted messaging, according to Politico.
The agita level is so high that some staffers will either mute the sound or turn off his remarks, the site reported Thursday.
“I know people who habitually don’t watch it live for that reason,” one official told Politico.
The president’s advisers try to manage him tightly, telling him to either decline to answer or field just a few questions shouted out by reporters, the report said.
And Biden is known to acknowledge, “I’m really going to get in trouble” before opening the floor to questions.
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