WH Communications Director: Joe Biden ‘Never Shies Away from Taking Questions’
Kate Bedingfield makes false claim about Biden
Democrat Joe Biden's communications director, Kate Bedingfield, has claimed he "never shies away from taking questions," despite Biden walking away from the podium and refusing to take questions on the Afghanistan crisis on Monday.
Aside from the heavily edited ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday, Biden has not taken any questions regarding national security concerns.
MSNBC's Willie Geist asked Bedingfield on Friday:
"Will President Biden, after his remarks today, take questions?"
"He's given a couple of speeches, he did the interview with ABC News, but the white house press core and the American people have a lot direct questions for him.
"Will he take those today?"
"The president never shies away from taking questions," Bedingfield claimed.
"I'll let him make a decision if he is going to take questions this afternoon, but you saw he just did a full sit-down interview on this since yesterday, so he is always willing to take questions.
"And I'll let him decide if he's going to do that after his remarks today."
Unsurprisingly, there was no pushback against Bedingfield's claims Biden "never shies away from taking questions."
But even some establishment media outlets observed Biden's reluctance to deal with the press:
In June, CNN posted an article titled, "Joe Biden doesn't want to meet the press."
In May, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that Biden was been told not to answer impromptu questions from reporters.
“That is not something we recommend,” Psaki said.
“In fact, a lot of times we say 'Don't take questions.'"
"He’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”
In March, one of Biden's aides blocked reporters from asking him about the "crisis at the border" during a stop at a local hardware store in Washington, D.C.
Reporters tried to ask Biden questions before his aide shouted over them, telling them it was time to leave.