(Abdul–Rahman Oladimeji Bello, Headline USA) President Joe Biden went viral on social media after using a cheat sheet to call on reporters during a press conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday.
A notecard held by the Democrat president showed that he knew in advance what questions he would be asked, with the crib sheet noting that his first question would come from a Los Angeles Times reporter, Courtney Subramanian.
“How are YOU squaring YOUR domestic priorities — like reshoring semiconductors manufacturing — with alliance-based foreign policy?” the note card read.
When Biden called on the LA Times reporter, she asked: “Your top economic priority has been to build U.S. domestic manufacturing in competition with China, but your rules against expanding chip manufacturing in China is hurting South Korean companies that rely heavily on Beijing.”
Joe Biden’s notecard doesn’t just tell him which reporters to call on, it includes what order to call on them in and what PRE-SUBMITTED questions they’re going to ask.
There’s no way this happened under Trump..
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) April 26, 2023
The questions on the cheat sheet and the questions asked during the conference were not exact duplicates, they were on the same topics.
Social media users went wild after this news broke, as many wondered why an allegedly cognitively-functional president would resort to cheating to answer simple questions.
“Ok, so here we have #Biden absolutely caught red-handed using a cheat sheet with predetermined questions and answers during a joint presser,” Awakened Outlaw tweeted. “This clearly illustrates that Joe’s in no shape to be the Commander-in-Chief right now, much less the next 1.5 years. But here he is….”
Chuck Callesto tweeted, “colluding with the media does not identify a free and fair press.”
It wasn’t the first time Biden had faced criticisms for this exact act of using cheat sheets during public events.
“We have no valid press anymore. It’s all BS Propaganda,” Rich Howard tweeted. “President Joe Biden has once again been caught with a press conference cheat sheet, this time including not only the names of the reporters he was supposed to call on but their questions as well.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s deputy press secretary weighted in with his own take.
“If this was something we made journos do before a press conference with @GovRonDeSantis, it would be wall-to-wall coverage on MSNBC/CNN and every outlet would be reaching out for a comment couched as ‘critics say this is literally fascism,’” tweeted Jeremy Redfern.
Biden can’t answer a question from a 5 year old reporter about his grandchildren.
This is what happens when Biden isn’t given pre-scripted questions from the press.
Question: “Where are your grandchildren?”
Answer: “I did say 5 right?… I got one in New York, two in… pic.twitter.com/IFpGsl5CJQ
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) April 27, 2023
Headline USA’s Mark Pellin contributed to this report