A White House virtual feed of President Biden addressing lawmakers was cut right after he said he was “happy to take questions.”
“I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance,” Biden told Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. “Whatever you want me to do.”
The feed then cut after a short pause from the president.
"I'm happy to take questions, if that's what I'm supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do."
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 4, 2021
The footage of the event has since gone viral, racking up over 1 million views on social media since Wednesday evening.
The feed’s ending has also received questions and criticism from some on social media.
WATCH: The White House conveniently cut off Biden's feed right before he tried to take live questions. https://t.co/dljlFoZUB8
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) March 3, 2021
Wait, wait, wait! I have questions! https://t.co/ABNDMzWlDa
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) March 4, 2021
What's the backstory here? https://t.co/fhPw5J9WJM
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) March 4, 2021
The incident comes after it was reported that Biden has not held a solo press conference in 43 days, the longest stretch for a president to do so in 100 years.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki last week said that Biden would eventually hold a solo press conference, but she didn’t provide details on when that will be.
“He will hold a solo press conference, but I don’t have a date for you at this point in time,” she said.
Additionally, questions have been raised this week on why Biden’s schedule has not been posted online, there are no citizen petitions on the White House website, and the White House has not released visitor logs.
There are no citizen petitions or schedules for the president and vice president posted online. The White House comment line is shut down. The White House won't release virtual visitor logs. Biden has yet to hold a news conference of his own. https://t.co/FZMlibcEPf
— Anita Kumar (@anitakumar01) March 1, 2021
“The steps they’ve taken are welcome, but insufficient to the moment and the need,” said Alex Howard, an open government advocate who directs the Digital Democracy Project at the Demand Progress Educational Fund. “They need to keep ‘showing their work’ by opening Cabinet meetings, disclosing information, and using political capital to emphasize that being ‘open by default’ isn’t just an option but an obligation across the government.”
Author : Emma Colton
Source : Washington Examiner : White House live feed cuts seconds after Biden says he’d ‘be happy to take questions’
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