Joe Biden was abruptly cut off in a live feed mid-sentence by the White House on Monday during a briefing on wildfires with federal and state officials.
After speaking during much of the briefing – which took place during a visit to Boise in Idaho – Biden said he wanted to hear more from George Geissler of the National Association of State Foresters.
Here’s an excerpt from Fox News reports:
“During Monday’s visit to Boise, Idaho, Biden received a briefing about the ongoing wildfires that have plagued several states out west. While Biden spoke for much of the briefing, at one point he said he wanted to hear more from George Geissler of the National Association of State Foresters.”
Biden asked, “Can I ask you a question?”
Geissler replied, “Of course.”
Before the feed was cut, Biden said, “One of the things that I’ve been working on with some others is —” and replaced with a full-screen graphic that said, “Thank You For Joining.”
BIDEN: “Can I ask you a question?”
*White House feed cuts out” pic.twitter.com/YQ9I9u3r98
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 13, 2021
This isn’t the first time the White House has cut Biden’s feed, as Fox News pointed out. The president’s audio feed was cut last month as he was about to respond to a reporter’s question about his administration’s military withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan, according to the outlet.
In a virtual event in March, after Biden said, “I’m happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do …” The White House also cut the feed.
A president may be given a list of people to call on at a press conference. Nonetheless, Biden has been criticized for favoring reporters who are considered to be friendlier than others and whom his staff may have pre-screened.
Biden has also faced criticism for sometimes failing to take questions from reporters at all. This was specifically apparent and egregious when members of the press attempted to grill him during the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Biden infamously turned his back on reporters several times, creating an image of a president who was unwilling to answer for the Americans and allies left behind in the country after the Taliban took control.
The president’s popularity and approval rating among Americans has plummeted since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, with the perception that he does not take questions or care to answer for the actions of his administration potentially playing a part in the drop.
As The Daily Wire reported earlier this month, “[a]ccording to a recent Zogby Poll survey, 20% of likely voters now regret voting for President Biden in the 2020 presidential election.”
The Zogby Poll, which was conducted before Biden announced new vaccine mandates last week, noted, some “very important groups” which “normally lean left and Democrat” were “even more regretful about voting for the president in 2020.”
The Daily Wire added, “Pollster Jonathan Zobby explained that this level of regret among voters will be a point of concern for Biden in 2024, given that both the 2016 and 2020 elections were effectively decided by ‘tens of thousands of votes’ in just a ‘handful of battleground states.’”
Zogby said, “Even though Joe Biden has suffered humiliating defeats in recent weeks, he still has time to recover, One still gets the sense his ship is sinking fast, and he might not have any lifeboats aboard to save him.”
Zogby added, “Come next poll, many more voters might be expressing regret if Biden and company do not score a victory soon.”