“Now, I’ve been given a list of 10 people that I’m supposed to call on and you’re all supposed to ask me one question, but I’m sure you’ll ask me more,” Biden said. “So let me start off with the list I’ve been given.”
The chosen reporters were from the Associated Press, CBS, CNN, Reuters, ABC Radio, TheGrio, Bloomberg, NBC News and the New York Times. The reporters from these selected publications had the chance to ask several questions each.
The press conference hosted nearly 100 journalists from several other publications; however, none of them got to ask any questions.
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When asked why the president has this list at all and how reporters become qualified to get on the list, the White House refused to give an answer.
“Eh, not sharing. I don’t have anything to share with you on that,” Olivia Dalton, White House principal deputy press secretary said on a phone call.
When pressed again, Dalton repeated that she had nothing to share.
Biden had a list of reporters to call on at his last major press briefing, which took place in January. However, Biden was open to taking more questions after he went through his list.
The president answered questions for two hours, apparently angering first lady Jill Biden, who reportedly confronted White House staff after the meeting.
Reporters have pressed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on why Biden has so few public appearances, hounding her for more media access.
She responded that Biden takes questions from reporters “almost every day.”