President Joe Biden’s inauguration happened 48 days ago and has approved dozens of executive actions already. Since then, however, Biden has not scheduled a formal news conference.
Biden, since he formally became president, has approved many executive actions. These include immigration policies and the amplification of the current stimulus package, dubbed The American Rescue Plan.
Although Biden has answered questions regarding his early decisions, the White House has yet to schedule a formal press conference for him.
Previous administrations didn’t take this long to organize a formal press conference for the former presidents. For former President Trump, it took 28 days. Former President Obama only had to wait 21 days for his first press conference, while it only took 34 days for former President George W. Bush.
Biden to Hold News Conference Before End of March
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, they would organize a press conference with the president before the month ends.
Instead of giving an exact date, however, the press secretary mentioned the times Biden answered questions from the reporters.
She also highlighted that Biden became president in the middle of a “historic crisis,” and said that the American people would understand if his “focus, energy, and attention” are elsewhere. Psaki mentioned that the president is working mainly on “securing enough vaccine” and on pushing the current COVID-19 relief package.
Many people in media are wondering when the president will answer reporter questions in a formal setting. Additionally, Biden still has not addressed a joint session of the upper and lower chambers of Congress. Most other administrations see this address as an early-term priority.
However, “It’s not a snubbing,” Psaki told reporters when she was asked regarding the matter. She then reiterated that the country is currently facing a pandemic. The press secretary also mentioned that the president will address Congress but they have yet to schedule a date for it. Although, last week, she mentioned that Biden would do so after passing the final version of the current stimulus plan.
However, the president will make his first primetime address on Thursday. This comes in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus shutdowns, which started on March 11, 2020.
This address is his first major speech since he was inaugurated on Jan. 20.